According to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ official website, Ramon Foster is listed as “Probable” for Sunday’s game against New England. Although he suffered a concussion during Pittsburgh’s 21-18 loss to the Oakland Raiders last Sunday, the team’s staring left guard has participated in practice the last three days.
While he was “limited” on Wednesday, the former Tennessee Volunteer was a “full participant” in practice yesterday and earlier today. Despite the positive news regarding Foster’s status, Pittsburgh’s doctors cannot clear him to play this weekend in Foxborough until he passes his concussion test tomorrow according to Jim Wexell of SteelCityInsider.net:
If LG Ramon Foster fails his Saturday concussion test, as Jarvis Jones did a few weeks ago, Steelers would be down to Mike Adams in reserve.
— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) November 1, 2013
In the event that Foster cannot pass his test and is unable to play against the Patriots, the Steelers’ brass might have to promote rookie UDFA Chris Hubbard from their practice squad to provide some depth if Cody Wallace and Guy Whimper are in fact the starters at the guard spots for Sunday’s game.
Both Wallace and Whimper have played sparingly this season, and Whimper is coming off of a knee injury he suffered last weekend in Oakland as well. Adding an untested player like Hubbard or Joe Long, a fellow “practice squadder,” would definitely be a “break glass in case of an emergency” move for the 2-5 Steelers.
If Foster is actually shelved for Sunday’s game, then Pittsburgh will only be left with Mike Adams and Wallace as their offensive line backup options when they head to Foxborough. With David DeCastro already deemed “out” for this weekend’s contest, Pittsburgh will already be thin in the offensive trenches and Foster’s absence would represent another tremendous blow to the already makeshift unit.
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