The Pittsburgh Steelers and their makeshift offensive line suffered another blow yesterday when Ramon Foster exited their game against the Buffalo Bills with what appeared to be an ankle injury.
According to Mark Kaboly of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh’s starting left guard suffered a “Grade 1″ high ankle sprain and the injury could force the team’s starting left guard to be sidelined for multiple weeks.
With Foster likely sidelined for a chunk of time, the Steelers will be forced to play “offensive line musical chairs” once again this fall and plug in a stop-gap at left guard until the veteran can return. If Foster is out for an extended period, then the question would become: “Who would take his place in the starting lineup?”
Guy Whimper will probably be the player tasked with replacing Foster. The veteran has already stepped in at both guard spots this year due to injuries, and the team would not need him to step in at right tackle as long as Marcus Gilbert can stay healthy.
In the event that the Steelers want to use the versatile Kelvin Beachum at left guard though, then they would have to probably promote Mike Adams to play a position which he struggled mightily at during the first four games of this season. If Beachum’s recent issues on the blind-side aren’t enough for the team to shift him inside to guard though, then Whimper seems like the best option for the team to turn to during Foster’s absence.
Regardless of who they choose as a substitute starter, the Steelers’ coaching staff will be forced to cobble together another offensive line combination for next week’s game against the Detroit Lions.
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