Steelers injury report: Ramon Foster may miss Week 11 vs. Lions

Justin K. Aller

Pittsburgh's offensive line starting to get back to the banged-and-bruised 2012 season. Four of them, including three starters, are likely to be limited early this week.

Like clockwork, the Steelers' offensive line over the last season and a half has seen injuries among it, and consistency from left guard Ramon Foster.

Heading into the start of practice before the team faces the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions, the injuries are there, but this time, Foster is one with an unhealthy outlook.

Foster suffered a high ankle sprain in Pittsburgh's Week 10 win over Buffalo, casting some doubt over his availability in the early portion of the week. Right guard David DeCastro suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 8, and he missed Week 9.

If Foster is unable to play, Guy Whimper will replace him.

As Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette pointed out in his notebook column Wednesday, the team will use its fifth different offensive line combination in its last 10 games if Foster cannot play. They used seven different combinations in their final 11 games last season.

Rookie safety Shamarko Thomas has already been ruled out with - what else? - a high ankle sprain.

Expect three other offensive linemen to be limited in the early portion of the week. Mike Adams (ribs), Kelvin Beachum (hip flexor) and Fernando Velasco (knee) will likely take it easy Wednesday in an effort to ensure there are at least some linemen capable of playing Sunday against Detroit. Also expected to be limited early this week are defensive end Brett Keisel (foot, plantar fasciitis), LaMarr Woodley (calf).

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