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Steelers Shuffle Offensive Line Up On Wednesday With Colon, Starks & Adams All Sidelined


The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the practice field Wednesday and there were a few players getting in some work at different positions on the offensive line due to injuries.

Left guard Willie Colon (knee) sat out Wednesday so center Maurkice Pouncey got in some work at the position just in case Colon is not ready to go Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. The consensus is, however, that Colon should be ready and head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday during his press conference that Colon could be limited at the early part of this week.

As a freshman in 2007, Pouncey started 11 of 13 games for Florida at right guard and he also played some guard during his first week of training camp with the Steelers after being drafted. He would of course go on to beat out Justin Hartwig for the starting center spot and that has been is only position ever since.

With Pouncey taking snaps at left guard, Doug Legursky took over at center. Legursky started at left guard Sunday against the Cleveland Browns with Colon sidelined by his knee injury, but his play was uneven and he allowed the only sack in the game as well.

Both left tackle Max Starks (back) and right tackle Mike Adams sat out on Wednesday as well. Adams is out this week after suffering an ankle sprain against the Browns, while Starks reportedly said that he was given a veterans day off Wednesday to rest his back.

With both tackles sidelined, rookie Kelvin Beachum received work at both the left and right tackle spots, while right guard Ramon Foster got some work in at right tackle. Foster started the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this season at right tackle to show his position flexibility and also played the position in college at Tennessee as well. Tomlin said on Tuesday that Beachum would get the start at right tackle Sunday, but that it is not out of the question that Foster plays there against the Ravens should the need arise.

Rookie David DeCastro took some snaps at right guard on Wednesday with the first team as well.

The general consensus is that Colon will be able to play on Sunday so the starting offensive line right now is speculated to be left to right: Starks, Colon, Pouncey, Foster, and Beachum.

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  • Robert Truax

    Unless DeCastro looks really rusty, I can’t imagine the Steelers would rather have Beachum start at RT over Foster. Starks-Colon-Pouncey-DeCastro-Foster, would be my guess.

  • James Kling

    What do these coaches see in Beachum?

  • Dan

    I’m generally not a fan of switching more than one lineman’s position to accommodate an injury, but if DeCastro is ready (I’m guessing he’s not), how about Starks-DeCastro-Pouncey-Foster-Colon. If I recall Colon has played a down or two at RT. :)

  • zyzak

    Steelers line in a world of hurt, Ravens will feast

  • WilliamSekinger

    A serviceable rookie backup tackle maybe?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The problem with Foster at RT is that he isnt very fleet of foot…it would be a dire situation IMO if he needs to go there.

  • burgh_fan

    Right now you mean? A healthy body capable of masquerading as an o-line man. I mean seriously when a team loses its 1st and 2nd team RT good options are going to be scarce.

  • Robert Truax

    DeCastro was the starting RG before his injury, keep him there. So the only person who has to move is Foster to RT. Colon is settling in at LG, don’t move him unless necessary. I think Foster played some RT in the preseason and performed pretty well.

  • Tom

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to let Colon play tackle, where he has plenty of experience, and have Legursky fill in at guard? Not too excited about seeing Beachum start at tackle. If Ben plays…and Beachum starts, I am not sure if I will be able to stomach watching the game.

  • Cody Younkin

    Next year foster should be moved to starting left gaurd, he has shown that he can be a solid starter, and im just tired of Colons injury proneness. That left side of the line will be a battle this offseason. Also starks has shown his worth as starter, however i would hope Gilbert could win the starting left tackle job.

  • Reader783

    I get why everybody is scared to have a rookie start, but how is everyone saying that he is an awful lineman? He played nearly a quarter and a half last week and only had one completely blown holding call. I thought he did pretty well last week against one of the better defensive lines. I mean, give him a chance to do something.

  • SteelerDave

    Beachum is raw but has a whole lot of upside once he adjusts to the pro game.

  • SteelerDave

    Agree, except Foster is a great run blocking RT and with DeCastro at RG sacks would not be an issue.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Pouncey the backup for L guard is bcaus Legursky is an ok center but not an ok guard this year, so thats a smart move.

    Beachum starting though means RIP Charlie then Hoyer. Also Beachum starting means Ben definately not playing in this game, no way would any team risk their franchise playing Ben this game.

  • steeltown

    It’s far to early to pass judgement on Beachum based on his body of work, but what I dont understand is when the Steelers drafted him, the coaches themselves said that he was more of an interior linemen and that he played Tackle in college but does not have the size to play outside in the pros. They all but said he would most likely be a Guard and backup Center

  • Maurice_hill_district

    After 2 years from now. Thats all. Starting him now would mean more penalties & more QBs.

  • Garrett Hunt

    Colon > Foster. Not to mention Colon has been relatively injury free other than the two injuries the past two seasons. Just happend to be season ending.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Exactly. Pro scouts who scouted him before draft said too small for tackle & too weak for guard so he is a prospect for left guard only, in pros. And prospect means take a couple years to get stronger.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Its a mystery.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Agreed.

  • steeltown

    Exactly, and they said he is a very smart kid and could possibly play Center someday, was never projected as a Tackle in the pros…. who knows though, maybe he proves everyone wrong

  • Garrett Hunt

    You very well could be right about Beachum, but the coaching staff has seen a lot more of him than us. That being said I trust their judgement, and think O line coach Sean Kugler knowns what he’s doing. Plus its not like we have loads of options at this point.

  • steeltown

    Agreed, Legursky has proven he can play Center, he has not however played well at Guard of late

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Colon has not shown to be > Foster. Your opinion is based only on thats the hypothetical which most people expected before the season began, me too. Colon has not yet lived up to that. Will ask Colon to take a pay cut this next offseason.

  • Garrett Hunt

    Actually, my opinion is based off watching every play this season. I think they’re performing on about the same level now (Colon better run blocking, Foster better pass blocking). Colon does have a bigger problem with penalties, but also a greater upside. Not to mention he has been improving every week.

  • steeltown

    Very true, I trust their judgement as well, its just strange i guess. They have two guys (Foster & Colon) who have experience at RT, I’d feel much better with Legs, Beachum and Malecki platooning one of the open Guard spots

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Apparently you didnt watch the games Beachum had been in this year, he was awful. Welcome to now starting watching Steeler games though.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Agreed. If Beachum starts that means Ben will not play this game, Tomlin is not that stupid to risk our only QB behind that.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Agreed, & I forgot eventual center maybe too.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Kugler brought us Jonathan Scott & insisted he is a quality offensive tackle.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Agreeing totally. Even rusty DeCastro at RG so can put Foster at RG, aint great but is a way safer way to go than playing Beachum at any position yet.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Right on.

  • Dan

    I view RT at pretty important, so was more comfortable with Colon’s experience there, but if Foster does perform well there, then indeed that would be the best option. I just didn’t remember him there in preseason. Still wouldn’t want to consider DeCastro before he’s ready. Not sure I like the lastest talk about Pouncey at G.

  • Garrett Hunt

    And? Are you saying you don’t like him? Every coach on every team has been wrong about personnel from time to time. Talent and quality don’t always equal production. Look at the big picture of his work not individual wins and losses.

  • Guest

    Good one. Yeah, I’ve watched all 4 preseason games he played as a rookie and don’t have the standing to say that he isn’t good. I want you to justify how bad he is based on 4 preseason games he played as a rookie.

  • steeltown

    I have to admit I like Coach Kugler, he did the best he could with a depleted OLine over the last few yrs, half the OLine has been undrafted players and both starting Tackles have missed significant time over the last few seasons

  • Garrett Hunt

    I agree, I would like to see what he can do with a talented, healthy O line. Just seems we can’t ever seem to have both consistently Maybe someday…. hopefully soon

  • steeltown

    Looking forward to Pouncey and DeCastro lining up next to eachother, thats for sure

  • Reader783

    Well, looks like he did pretty well, huh? Looks like I watched a few more games than you gave me credit for.

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