Report: Mike Adams could miss significant time

The news keeps getting worse for the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially when it comes to the offensive line as it looks as if rookie offensive tackle Mike Adams could be out for a while.

August 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Mike Adams (76) pass blocks against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday that starting right tackle Adams is expected to miss a significant amount of time after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns. At his Tuesday morning news conference, Mike Tomlin listed Adams as out for Week 13′s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Another rookie, Kelvin Beachum, stepped in for Adams on Sunday, who was already filling in for the injured Marcus Gilbert, who was placed on injured-reserve this week.

The offensive line did get some good news this week when it was announced that 2012 first-round pick David DeCastro was activated. He will certainly help, but the shifting around of bodies will have to continue this week.

Adams has had moments when he’s looked really good and has had times when he has had his struggles. But when you are down to your third-string tackle, it’s never a good sign.

Injuries have been the story of the 2012 season and Tomlin likes to always say “Next Man Up.”

He should change that to “Next Man Down.”

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