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OTs Gilbert, Adams questionable

Posted Nov 8, 2013

The “moving parts,” as offensive coordinator Todd Haley sometimes references them, are potentially moving again along the Steelers’ offensive line. But according to left tackle Kelvin Beachum, it’s nothing the offensive linemen can’t handle.

“Coach (Mike Tomlin) has always been about the next man up, finding a way to get the job done,” Beachum said today. “We trust each other, we trust everybody in our room. Our coaches trust us, we’re all capable men.

“It’s just one of those things, we have to go out there and win a game.”

Beachum (knee) had limited participation in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but was upgraded to full participation today.

“I’m good,” he said.

Right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) had limited participation on Wednesday, Thursday and today. He’s listed as questionable.

“If Gil’s not ready to go, I’ll be ready,” Guy Whimper said.

Whimper had started at right guard last Sunday at New England due to David DeCastro’s unavailability.

“It’s very manageable,” Whimper said of shifting positions. “As long as I know what I’m doing I’ll be able to go in there and not miss a step, not miss a beat and keep this thing going in the right direction.”

An offensive line of, from left to right, Beachum, Ramon Foster, Fernando Velasco, DeCastro and Whimper on Sunday against Buffalo would be the Steelers’ fifth different starting fivesome in nine games and second in as many weeks.

And then there was a development on Friday that could complicate things, that being tackle Mike Adams missing practice today with a rib injury and going on the status report as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Cornerback Ike Taylor (concussion) had full participation in practice today for the second consecutive day after not practicing on Wednesday.

“I think I’m playing,” Taylor said. “You gotta ask Coach T (Mike Tomlin). I feel like a champion. I feel real good.”

The complete status report reads as follows: Gilbert and Adams are questionable; and everyone else is listed as probable.

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