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Steelers scrambing to keep an offensive line together

Ben Roethlisberger, Fernando Velasco, Ramon Foster AP

Just when it appears the Steelers were getting their act together up front, they might have to deal with a new cast of actors on their offensive line.

The Steelers could be down to third options at left tackle and center Sunday, which follows with the pattern established over the course of the year.

We’ll make do as we always do,” coach Mike Tomlin said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.”We acknowledge that there are some issues in that area we’re working on.”

Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee) is questionable this week, and backup Mike Adams is also iffy with an ankle problem. That could leave journeyman Guy Whimper protecting Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side.

And with Maurkice Pouncey’s replacement Fernando Velasco out for the rest of the year with a torn Achilles, Cody Wallace will start at center.

Right guard David DeCastro is also dealing with a foot sprain.

Despite all that, the Steelers have been protecting better, as Roethlisberger hasn’t taken a sack in the last two games. Considering he took 36 in the first 10 games, maybe having a MASH unit in front of him was what he needed.

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17 Responses to “Steelers scrambing to keep an offensive line together”
  1. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Dec 4, 2013 8:15 AM

    Next man up.

  2. johnnyuwho says: Dec 4, 2013 8:17 AM

    Give me some of those scrambed eggs. While you’re at it, I’ll have some of them french fried tators, um hum!

  3. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 4, 2013 8:17 AM

    Cameron Wake is just waiting to tee off. Steelers are four days away from 5-8.

  4. buzzbeaubank says: Dec 4, 2013 8:28 AM

    How did DeCastro dive into his own foot?

  5. jobotjones says: Dec 4, 2013 8:28 AM

    It’s like a bad joke.

    On thanksgiving, Collinsworth was nice enough to mention that the Steelers would be screwed without Velasco and then Bam, torn Achilles…

  6. 6ball says: Dec 4, 2013 8:28 AM

    .
    The Dolphins have an above average pass rush. Besides the sack stats they consistently provide pressure.

    .

  7. joemammy says: Dec 4, 2013 8:54 AM

    Kiss that Lombardi good-bye…

  8. 63deuceman says: Dec 4, 2013 9:00 AM

    “Steelers scrambing to keep an offensive line together”
    _ _ _ _ _ _

    …And Roethlisberger forced to continually scramble as a result.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 4, 2013 10:24 AM

    How did DeCastro dive into his own foot?

    Hey Einstein he was avoiding a chop block by those clean playing ravens. I hope he can play as he helped prevent that power house a Raven D line from sacking Ben….lol

  10. whacko4flacco says: Dec 4, 2013 10:41 AM

    Tomlin can play on the O-Line. He wants to get a shot after making a contribution on special teams kick return coverage.

  11. frank booth says: Dec 4, 2013 10:43 AM

    @steelersaregodsteam thinks that these injuries are all part of the NFL’s conspiracy against the Steelers, just like the way an NFL representative pushed Tomlin onto the playing field.

  12. junglerat524 says: Dec 4, 2013 11:26 AM

    Worst fans in pro sports

  13. patriotwayspygate says: Dec 4, 2013 12:51 PM

    The Steelers truly are the best franchise in sports history. Really, there’s just no room for debate.

  14. dcstinks says: Dec 4, 2013 1:41 PM

    You mean the organization with the most class and dignity and God’s chosen team has issue??

    – Um wait, let me check the last game for that answer.

  15. dcstinks says: Dec 4, 2013 1:51 PM

    patriotwayspygate says:
    Dec 4, 2013 12:51 PM
    The Steelers truly are the best franchise in sports history. Really, there’s just no room for debate.

    ================
    They have the leagues best cheating coach and the leagues number 1 rapist.. How can you top that?

  16. raoool says: Dec 4, 2013 4:10 PM

    Stealers (sic) practice today included numerous sweeps to the near sideline while Tomlin was staring up at the scoreboard doing some kind of weird dance along the white stripe.

    hmm…

  17. steelcurtainn says: Dec 4, 2013 6:37 PM

    Its amazing how many offensive line problems the steelers have had over the last 4 years. Yet they still seem to be in the playoff hunt every year. Imagine what they would do with a consistent great line with limited/to no injuries.

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