Pittsburgh Steelers rookie tackle Mike Adams said on Monday that he will start at right tackle next Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Mike Prisuta of DVE Radio.
Mike Adams said today he’s been told he’ll start at RT in Cinn. “I’m excited to get out there and play the whole game and help this team.”
— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 15, 2012
It was reported earlier in the day that starter Marcus Gilbert was spotted with his right foot in a boot after injuring it Thursday night in the loss to the Tennessee Titans. Gilbert posted Monday afternoon on Twitter that he was on a plane heading somewhere, so we can only speculate that he might be headed to see a specialist for his injury.
Missed first flight and now I’mon another flight in a sit where I can barely fit in because they ran out of first class! #ImChapped
— Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) October 15, 2012
If indeed Gilbert is out for a while, we could see the Steelers make a roster move as early as Tuesday. The only other tackle on the roster is rookie Kelvin Beachum, who appears likely to dress now against the Bengals.
The Steelers have two offensive linemen on their practice squad in the form of John Malecki and Ryan Lee, but both are interior linemen type. Right guard Ramon Foster did get some snaps at right tackle during the preseason and left guard Willie Colon was previously a right tackle before moving inside this season.
We will have to see what head coach Mike Tomlin says about all of this on Tuesday, but it is apparent that Gilbert could be down for a while.