DeCastro still out with ankle injury

PITTSBURGH -- Right guard David DeCastro was among four players who did not practice on Wednesday as the Steelers started preparation for the New England Patriots.

An ankle injury knocked DeCastro out of the Steelers’ 21-18 loss this past Sunday at Oakland, and he received treatment during the team’s first practice of the week. DeCastro made a hasty exit from the Steelers’ locker room soon after it opened for the media.

Coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers have not ruled out DeCastro playing Sunday at New England.

The good news for the Steelers is Guy Whimper practiced on Wednesday after hyperextending his knee in the loss to the Raiders.

Whimper would likely play right guard against the Patriots if DeCastro is unable to go.

Starting left guard Ramon Foster practiced on a limited basis and the Steelers are hopeful he will play in New England after leaving the Raiders game with a concussion.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he is relieved that the injuries that decimated the offensive line in Oakland weren’t more serious.

“It was nice to hear that most of them are pretty healthy,” Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger and tight end Heath Miller were limited in practice, per a decision by Tomlin.

Wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger), nose tackle Steve McLendon (illness) and cornerback Curtis Brown (not injury related) did not practice.