According to Bob Labriola on the Thursday edition of Steelers Live, right tackle Guy Whimper was carted off the practice field today with an unspecified injury.
Labriola said he didn\’t know for sure, but thinks Whimper just may have just been overheated being as it has been so hot and humid the last several days.
Either Joe Long or D\’Anthony Batiste would figure to be the next man up at right tackle should Whimper be out for any length of time. Long was on the Steelers practice squad last season and worked at both tackle spots over the course of the offseason practices.
Batiste was signed late last week after undrafted guard Nik Embernate went down with a serious knee injury. Batiste started 10 games at left tackle for the Arizona Cardinals last season, but didn\’t look good during his playing time.
Also tackle capable is undrafted free agent Mike Golic Jr., who was recently moved inside to guard after Embernate was lost for the season.
Head coach Mike Tomlin will not be speaking to the media following Thursday\’s practice, so we will have to wait for the media to update the status of Whimper.
The Steelers waived undrafted free agent tackle Mike Farrell on Thursday, so he could possibly be brought back should Whimper\’s injury be more than just heat related.