When the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field Sunday afternoon against the Cleveland Browns, in search of their third consecutive victory, they may once again have to go at it without a pair of key starters.
Both players missed last week’s game against the Detroit Lions and each was a limited participant in the Steelers’ final practice of the week on Friday which isn’t necessarily a good sign.
Keisel, who is dealing with plantar fasciitis, said he wanted to test his injured foot after not playing last week, telling ESPN’s Scott Brown:
“I did enough to where I’m engaging with an offensive lineman, putting weight on it, moving laterally, all of the things you need to do on Sunday,” Keisel said. “I don’t know if [the injury] can get worse or not. It’s just one of those things you are going to have to deal with and go out work.”
Both defensive starters are going to be game-time decisions on Sunday. If they can’t go, Ziggy Hood will once again start in place of Keisel and Jason Worilds will take Woodley’s spot while rookie Jarvis Jones will start at the other outside linebacker spot.
Even of Keisel and Woodley can’t go, the Steelers do get a bit of good news.
Guard Ramon Foster, who also missed last week’s game, practiced fully for the second consecutive day and baring any sort of setback, should be good to go vs. the Browns.
In addition it looks like wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is also fine after injuring his foot vs. the Lions.