Steelers G Ramon Foster Expects To Play Against Bengals

After missing Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a back injury, it sounds like Pittsburgh Steelers starting left guard Ramon Foster will be healthy enough to play in his team’s Week 7 home game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

On Monday, Foster talked about his back injury in addition to the prospects of him playing Sunday at Heinz Field against the Bengals.

“I’ve been dealing with it for a couple weeks, but it came to a point where you just can’t deal with it anymore,” Foster said Monday of his back injury, according to Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We’re about to hit a stretch in the season where in-conference play comes along. We have Cincy, a late Sunday night game and the second half gets really amped up. … Better to get rest in a non-division game than to risk it and be out for later.”

Foster went in to add that he’s “feeling confident” he will play Sunday at home against the Bengals.

“If it’s up to me, I’m rolling,” he said.

With Foster inactive on Sunday against the Chiefs backup interior offensive lineman B.J. Finney started in his place at left guard. It was the third game that Finney has started at left guard in place of Foster and just as he did the previous two times last season, he represented himself well.

Assuming Foster is able to play this coming Sunday against the Bengals the Steelers still might not have their entire starting offensive line on the field for that game as right tackle Marcus Gilbert unfortunately re-injured his hamstring during the first half of the game against the Chiefs. Gilbert, who had missed the three previous Steelers games because of a hamstring injury, was replaced on Sunday by Chris Hubbard.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will hold his weekly press conference on Tuesday and at that time will likely give a full recap of the health of his team.

  • Intense Camel

    But Finneything is possible.

  • 6 ring circus

    Not ready to put the big Ragu out to pasture yet, but no doubt, the Finnster is the heir apparent.

  • Rocksolid20

    Foster is a willy vet , but we are in good hands with Finney .

  • T3xassteelers

    I still don’t know how Finney went UDFA

  • StolenUpVotes

    Our gain

  • Michael Mosgrove

    They both have same story in foster and finney.

  • PA2AK_

    Maybe they just read he sucked?

  • John A Stewart

    Wow can Foster just stay out and come back after the buy week please I love Finney.

  • dany

    Tip to the steelers: Look for udfa linemen whose last names start with an F

    Feiler is next up when Foster retires

  • srdan

    Legit question-can we try Finney instead of deCastro?

  • Chris92021

    Because the NFL scouting is still done through guys who test well in their shorts instead of watching the tape. Foster and Finney have good tape when they were in college but did not look athletic enough for the scouts. What they both bring are toughness and ability to carry out their assignments in full. Who cares if they can’t pull with the grace of David DeCastro? Foster and Finney are both good and we are lucky to have them.

  • JohnB

    why would you want that? DD helps our running game exponentially.

  • Brenton deed

    Some positions seem to have a higher minimum athletic floor to be viable like CB and edge rushers. Jarvis Jones apparently had good attitude,work ethic and brains but not strong or fast enough. Offensive guard seems to be at the other extreme where desire hard work and brains will let you succeed despite non-ideal athletism.

  • Daniel Santo

    DeCastro could very well be the best G in the entire league. I say no to that nonsense.

  • The Tony

    Aside from the Jacksonville game, DeCastro has been close to an All-Pro level this season. There is no chance that ever happens barring injury.

  • The Tony

    Could this be the last season for Foster as a member of the Steelers? Foster is entering his final year of his contract next season. His cap hit is only 3.5 million which is a bargain for his level of play. Being only 32 years old next season, I wouldn’t imagine the Steelers moving on from Foster. Keep Finney as an excellent depth option.

  • srdan

    admittedly I never played offensive line so the nuances are hard to see for me. But in no way would I look at his performances and say “that’s all pro”. You can rap to me about him not having consistency at tackle next to him, I’m willing to listen, but overall it’s hard for me to believe that he is all pro.

  • The Tony

    He’s already been named an All-Pro. His play hasn’t fallen off from that level.

  • Steelman72

    Finney for DeCastro, no way, that’s nuts. Did u see Decastro pull and blow up 3 people on a pull to the left side? I love the big Ragu but I love that Finney allows our guards to pull in both directions. If you look at the couple of times BJ has started(at guard), you will see that Bell’s rushing stats are incredible. I know that Ramon is better in pass pro but we make our hay by running the ball these days. Just my two cents for what it’s worth.

  • srdan

    That is probably where I disagree. I feel that it’s easier to make all pro for a 1st round guard. If he was undrafted, would he make it? Or is it the pedigree?

  • The Tony

    All-Pro is judged from level of play. Pro bowls are essentially a popularity contest

  • srdan

    I don’t know about that. I think on paper yes, but in reality…

  • The Tony

    I think if you ask any coach, player, analyst, or fan, everyone would rather start DeCastro over Finney. If any of the admins wanted to chime in, I am sure they would agree that DeCastro is still playing at a high level, pedigree and 1st round draft pick aside

  • srdan

    haha You’re probably right. Just something is missing in his game for me. But I agree with him being above the line.

  • Intense Camel

    Lol no..if anybody he would takr Ramon’s job because he can’t pull.

  • Rick McClelland

    The unofficial Steeler O-line pledge for the week should be that “No Bengal penetrates our backfield, and LB runs wild all day long”, no matter who is on that line. And good gawd, get Finney the ball already. LOL.

  • Benjamin Schell

    DeCastro is elite on the move, Finney is better in a phone booth. They actually make a great tandem when on the field together, but have different skill sets. After the Buffalo game last year and now last week’s game I would seriously consider Finney as a replacement for Foster, but neither guy can do what DeCastro does on the move.

    Finney may make a couple more mistakes but there also seems to be more plays were Finney just destroys somebody than I see with Foster. Might be worth the tradeoff.