LATROBE Authentic Will Dissly Jersey , Pa. (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers starting left guard Ramon Foster’s right knee injury isn’t as bad as initially feared.
Foster was injured Saturday and left the team’s first padded practice of training camp on a golf cart. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Sunday that Foster had his knee evaluated and the injury won’t require surgery.
Tomlin offered no additional details on the injury or a timetable on Foster’s recovery, but team president Art Rooney II said the Steelers are hopeful to have Foster back in time for the regular season.
Regardless, it appears as if the Steelers won’t lose their starting left guard for an extended period of time.
”I never speculate,” Tomlin said. ”I’m always hopeful, (and) I was that. So, we got relatively good news.”
The Steelers’ offensive line depth took a hit in the spring when they lost former fourth-round pick Jerald Hawkins to a torn quadriceps.
It didn’t look good for the Steelers when their most seasoned member of the offensive line went down on Saturday. Foster lay on the grass, holding his right knee after Landry Jones tossed an incomplete pass to Antonio Brown.
”It’s always a tough moment when someone goes down, especially in practice,” left tackle Alejandro Villanueva said.
Ben Roethlisberger was on one knee next to Foster, while injured linebacker Ryan Shazier and other teammates gathered.
”Ramon is a key guy and a key figure on this team,” guard B.J. Finney said. ”I think it did kind of jolt everybody, but it made everybody realize that you’re only one play away from playing.”
Foster, who enters his 10th season, has been a consistent force on the offensive line.
He has appeared in 130 games with 115 starts since 2009, most on the team during that span. Some players looked visibly shaken on the field as a steady stream of veterans, including the starting offensive line, checked in on Foster before he left practice on a cart.
”Everybody loves Ramon and everybody wants him back,” Finney said. ”But it’s the mentality that the next guy’s gotta come up and we’ve gotta keep things going.”
That’s where Finney steps in. Finney might not be a household name Authentic Oscar Lindberg Jersey , but he has been effective with the Steelers.
Finney, who enters his third season, has appeared in 27 games with seven starts, including four last season. He started for Foster at left guard Oct. 15 against Kansas City, and helped Le’Veon Bell rush for 179 yards, tied for the 10th-most single-game rushing yards in team history.
”B.J.’s got experience, which is key in this league,” right guard David DeCastro said. ”He’s played some big snaps for us.”
In his first career start at left guard in 2016, Finney was part of an offensive line that helped Bell rush for 144 yards and Roethlisberger throw for 300 yards and five touchdowns. That same season, he started for Foster at Buffalo and helped Bell rush for a team-record 236 yards.
”I don’t want the other guys to suffer from me coming in, so my mentality is to always make sure I’m not going to bring everybody down or hold anybody up,” Finney said.
Finney landed a spot with the Steelers after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent. It was a similar story in college as Finney was a walk-on at Kansas State, and finished as one of just three players in school history to earn all-conference honors four straight years.
Finney has proven reliable in Pittsburgh at both guard spots and center.
”It’s not a new thing for me, so I know that I can play at this level and I can do a good job filling in when I have to,” Finney said.
Finney is going to have to fill in as the Steelers starting left guard, at least until Foster returns.
”It’s really tough,” DeCastro said of Foster’s injury. ”A guy that’s been here that long, and part of the group that we have Youth Da'Shawn Hand Jersey , it’s difficult, but luckily it’s not too bad and he’ll be back.”
NOTES: S Morgan Burnett missed his third practice with a hamstring injury. … WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (undisclosed), OLB T.J. Watt (hamstring), TE Vance McDonald (foot), S Sean Davis (groin), and LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi all left Sunday’s practice early.Josh Allen has the big arm. He has the size. And, now, he has the opportunity to take over as Buffalo's starting quarterback.
Bills coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday the rookie will make his first career start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Allen replaces second-year pro Nathan Peterman, who struggled badly in a 47-3 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. Peterman threw for 24 yards and two interceptions before being replaced by Allen in the second half.
McDermott declined to elaborate on his thought process behind the decision, instead saying it was "the right move" for his team more than 10 times.
"I don't feel the need, honestly, to elaborate," McDermott said. "We talk a lot in-house about decisions and things and what we've got to do and the right move at the right time, and right now, with all respect to your question, this is the right move for us."
The move is a jarring and significant change for Buffalo, which planned on bringing along the strong-armed, raw passer at a calculated and methodical rate before inserting him into the lineup. Chosen seventh overall this spring Adidas Will Butcher Jersey , Allen has ideal physical tools but has been considered a developmental prospect at the position.
The Bills, however, were forced into making a change following one of the worst losses in franchise history.
"Whoever's the quarterback, we've got to roll," running back LeSean McCoy said. "I'm confident in Josh. He's very talented, he's extremely smart, intelligent. So I'm happy with the move. Nate's a good friend of mine, he had his shot. We've got to move on. That's the type of business this is."
Allen did his best to downplay the significance of his first career start while acknowledging that it was a lifelong dream.
"I've got game experience and now I'm just starting a game," Allen said. "I'm just looking to do my job, try and be 1/11th of this team and this offense, and just help this team in any way possible to win football games."
"Obviously I'm super excited and thankful for the chance to be the starter of this team. This is something I've dreamed for a long time. But now that it's here, come Sunday I'm just trying to do my job. I'm not trying to do too much. Trust in those around me and ultimately trying to be the quarterback that this team needs."
Allen got a taste of regular-season action Sunday against Baltimore, entering the game when it was well out of reach in the third quarter. He showed some flashes while enduring his share of growing pains, completing 6 of 15 passes for 74 yards while being sacked three times.
McDermott saw some positives in that time, noting Allen wasn't overwhelmed by the circumstances.
"I thought his command of the offense was there," McDermott said. "There were some things that he did well in getting us in and out of the huddle. Those are the things you don't take for granted when a young player's out there. And then after the snap, executed fairly well at times, and there were other times where we need to execute better."
It's not just the quarterbacks who struggled against Baltimore Tyquan Lewis Jersey , however, and the Bills will need a lot more from their other positions to have any chance of rebounding against the Chargers. The Bills were blown out by Los Angeles last season, 54-24. That was Peterman's first career start, when the QB tossed five interceptions in one half. Now the Chargers will face Allen in his first career start.
"The one thing I'm going to talk to the offense about, especially the skill guys, is that (the key) for a rookie quarterback to have a good game is to make it easy on them," McCoy said. "Catching the ball, giving him confidence, moving the chains ... everything to get that extra advantage is critical and big for a rookie's confidence."
"If I had to draft a quarterback, I would draft a kid like him," McCoy added. "He's mobile, he's tall, he's strong. He's not afraid, he's smart and has a big arm."
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