Brett Keisel says he’s “fine” after spraining ankle

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The Steelers are preparing for the worst when it comes to news about guard David DeCastro’s knee, but they might not need to light any candles for defensive end Brett Keisel’s ankle.

Keisel left Saturday night’s game against the Bills early after suffering what the team is calling a mild high left ankle sprain. Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Keisel told reporters that he “was fine” after the game, although making that determination official will have to wait until everyone finds out just how mild a sprain it really is.

High ankle sprains can keep players out of the lineup for a month or more, so there’s definitely some time pressure to make sure that he’s ready for the first week of the regular season. That likely means he won’t be clambering onto any tractors in the next couple of weeks. Keisel, who has missed 14 games in the last four seasons, was very productive last season and the Steelers were counting on more of the same from him up front this year.

Cameron Heyward replaced Keisel on Saturday and will likely get the nod if Keisel isn’t able to go against the Broncos on opening night. Heyward, last year’s first-round pick, had a sack and 11 tackles in 16 games as a backup last season.

6 responses to “Brett Keisel says he’s “fine” after spraining ankle

  1. Long season for the Steelers. 5-11, maybe 6-10. Take their hits this year, make some entries in the book of (long) memories for payback next year.

    Long season for the Ravens too. The bungles will maybe win the division and start acting like tough guys, which they are not. I think it’s the uniforms – they carry a curse.

    Brownies? Sorry, which is too bad.

  2. We’ll there goes the dumbest and uneducated comment of the day. You sir sound like….well, everyone that sees your comment knows what you sound like.

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