Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest shared some updated injury news earlier today via Twitter:
Missing practice for @Steelers: Keisel, Beachum, DeCastro, McLendon. Woodley was limited. Adams, Le'Veon were full participants.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) December 4, 2013
As Labriola’s tweet states, LaMarr Woodley was limited in practice once again today. With his limited participation in mind, one has to wonder whether or not he will be able to suit up against the Miami Dolphins. If Woodley does sit, it will be the fourth game in a row that the veteran outside linebacker has missed. Thankfully for the Steelers, Jason Worilds has done a tremendous job in his place over the last month.
Le’Veon Bell’s availability for Sunday’s game is also looking much better for the Steelers after today. With a full practice already under his belt, Pittsburgh’s starting running back should have a great chance of suiting up against the Dolphins if he can pass all of his concussion tests throughout the week.
Absent for Pittsburgh’s last game, Steve McLendon will probably be sitting this weekend as well due to the high-ankle sprain he suffered against the Cleveland Browns. If McLendon eventually rides the pine for Pittsburgh against Miami, then Al Woods will have to make his second consecutive start in his place at the nose tackle position.
While we all knew that Brett Keisel would be sidelined for this Sunday’s game, the potential absences of Kelvin Beachum and David DeCastro could be disastrous for Pittsburgh’s offensive line.
On one hand, it is an enormous positive to know that Mike Adams went through a full practice today. Yet there is no way that his play at the left tackle position has been comparable to Beachum’s this fall. Although Adams is an upgrade over Guy Whimper on the blind-side, we should not forget how badly the former Ohio State Buckeye was tooled at that position during the first four games of the regular season.
If Beachum or Adams does suit up at left tackle, then it will at least allow the Steelers to insert Whimper in at right guard instead of the newly acquired Eric Olsen or David Snow. Whimper was anything but stellar in DeCastro’s place during Pittsburgh’s Week 9 loss to New England. Yet I would rather see the veteran in the starting lineup as opposed to two guys who have less than a week of experience with their new team.
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