´ Steel Curtain Rising: Ramon Foster Sprained His Pectoral Muscle

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ramon Foster Sprained His Pectoral Muscle

After losing three players for the year vs. Tennessee, namely Maurkice Pouncey, Larry Foote, and LaRod Stephens-Howling, the Steelers have remained winless, but largely unscathed.

If anything their health improved en route to 0-3, as Heath Miller, Cortez Allen, and Le’Veon Bell all rejoined the roster.
The news was broken by Behind the Steel Curtain, but later also reported by the Tribune Review. The Post-Gazette has made no mention of the issue, at least on its main Steelers page.
  • The “good” news for Foster and the Steelers is that he only suffered a sprained pectoral muscle whereas a clear tear would have ended his season.
Nonetheless, Foster’s injury further depletes offensive line depth which is already one of the thinnest areas on the team. Kelvin Beachum took over Foster’s spot at left guard.
  • And while having Beachum available to step in is good, unfortunately that prevented the Steelers from pulling beleaguered offensive tackle Mike Adams and replacing him with Beachum.
If the Steelers want to make a move at left tackle, coaches will need to be creative. One option might involve activating Joe Long from the practice squad – although don’t expect Long to go from the practice squad to the starting lineup. Another would involve starting Guy Whimper at guard and moving Beachum back out to tackle.

All moves involve the Steelers staff, coaches and most especially Ben Roethlisberger praying to be spared yet another offensive line injury….

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