Prior to starting right tackle Mike Adams being stabbed early Saturday morning during an attempted robbery, the Pittsburgh Steelers depth at the tackle position was already thin and inexperienced. With Adams now expected to be out until the start of training camp, the team might be forced to add another body to the roster in the meantime.
When the Steelers start their third and final OTA session of the 2013 season on Monday, Guy Whimper very well could be the player taking reps with the first team at right tackle. Whimper was signed back in early May after previously being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in late February.
The only other reserve tackles currently on the Steelers roster are Joe Long, Mike Farrell and Mike Golic Jr. Long has reportedly been taking reps as the second-team left tackle behind starter Marcus Gilbert through the first two OTA sessions. He has been with the team since late November of last season when he was signed to the practice squad.
Farrell and Golic were both signed as undrafted free agents following the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft. It was reported to us last week that Golic, who primarily played guard at Notre Dame, had to leave practice early in the week with some sort of leg injury, but it appears he made it back to practice of Thursday.
Another option for the Steelers would be to move Kelvin Beachum to right tackle, but he has been busy trying to learn the center position through the first two OTA sessions, so that is unlikely to happen.