Steelers injury report: Foster, Wheaton and Roethlisberger all nicked up before bye

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Starting left guard Ramon Foster left the Steelers' Week 4 loss against Minnesota with a sprained pectoral muscle, and his status, along with that of rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton (pinkie finger) are unclear heading into the week.

The Steelers are back to practice Monday after four days off for their bye week. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (index finger), left guard Ramon Foster (chest) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (pinkie finger) all suffered injuries during the team's Week 4 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Roethlisberger finished the game with a partially dislocated right index finger, and isn't expected to miss any more time. Foster has a sprained pectoral muscle, and is status will be evaluated this week. Wheaton has surgery on his broken pinkie finger, and it appears he's uncertain for action against the Jets in Week 6.

Wheaton factored into the team's plan against the Vikings a bit more than he did in the team's first three games, catching the first three passes of his career. He was used out of the backfield on one play, making a catch and getting a first down.

Foster was replaced by Kelvin Beachum during the game against Minnesota, and it's presumed he would start there if Foster is unable to play against the Jets in Week 6.

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