For the second time this year, the Steelers are juggling their offensive line to deal with the season-ending loss of a tackle.
But the latest round of changes necessitated by Max Starks’ season-ending neck injury will not involve Flozell Adams.
Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media in a rare Wednesday afternoon post-practice availability and said the plan moving forward is for Jonathan Scott to take Starks’ spot at Left Tackle. Scott was signed as a free agent in the off-season from Buffalo to back up both tackle positions.
There was speculation the Steelers would move Flozell Adams from Right Tackle to the left side where he played his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys. Adams only moved to the right side this year after signing with the Steelers when Willie Colon was lost for the season. After all the work Adams put in transitioning to the right side, the Steelers aren’t interested in juggling his duties again.
Practice Notes: The Steelers returned to practice without several of their starters on the field as they get ready for the Sunday night game against the Patriots. DE Brett Keisel (hamstring), G Chris Kemoeatu (knee, ankle), TE Heath Miller (knee), K Jeff Reed (illness), DE Aaron Smith (triceps) all missed today’s session. The news wasn’t any better for the Patriots who placed their kicker Stephen Gostkowski on injured reserve after he hurt his thigh. Also missing New England’s practice today were QB Tom Brady (right shoulder, foot), S Jarrad Page (calf), DE Myron Pryor (back), and S James Sanders (not injury related)