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Steelers injury update: Foster said to have sprain, not torn pectoral

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Foster left the Steelers' Week 4 loss against the Vikings with a "chest injury," and a source confirmed he is being evaluated Monday morning for what's believed to be a torn pectoral muscle. That injury usually carries with it the end of a player's season.

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UPDATE 2:32 p.m. While Steelers doctors feared the worst, it turns out they may have managed to dodge the injury bullet. Ramon Foster may have suffered a sprain, and did not tear anything against the Vikings in Week 4.

A source has informed Behind The Steel Curtain Steelers left guard Ramon Foster is feared to have torn a pectoral muscle in his chest during the Steelers' 34-27 loss to Minnesota in Week 4.

If that fear is real, it would likely end his season.

Foster went down in the second half of the game, and was replaced by Kelvin Beachum. Left guard became the fifth position Beachum has played this season, with previous fill-in roles at center, right tackle, left tackle and tight end.

If Foster's injury is confirmed to be that severe, it would seem the Steelers would make a roster move. That possibly could be calling up Joe Long from the practice squad to replace Beachum's tackle versatility. However, considering how much Mike Adams is struggling, it's possible he'll be replaced on his own accord. Veteran Guy Whimper is still a reserve lineman, but the fact he hasn't been used, or even mentioned publicly, as an option to this point could suggest he's merely there as an emergency in-game replacement.

Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette mentioned in his notebook moving Whimper to left guard with Beachum taking over left tackle for the embattled Adams.

The Steelers are 0-4 for the first time since 1968, and have a bye before facing the similarly struggling New York Jets in Week 6.

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