PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers limited starting left guard Ramon Foster in practice Monday, and Foster said he will know more about his availability for Sunday's game by the middle of the week.
Foster is nursing a pectoral strain, an injury he sustained in the Steelers’ Sept. 22 loss against the Bears and aggravated a week later in a loss to the Vikings.
“It was fine with the little stuff that I did,” Foster said after the Steelers’ first practice following their bye. “It’s just got to day to day and see how it is on Sunday. I think it’s a pain tolerance thing right now and how much you can do with it.”
The left side of the Steelers’ offensive line is in flux with Foster’s injury and the demotion of tackle Mike Adams.
The Steelers could plug in Beachum, their most versatile lineman, at left guard if Foster is unable to play Sunday against the New York Jets. If Foster plays when the Steelers visit the Jets for a 1 p.m. game coach Mike Tomlin has the option of using Beachum or Brown at left tackle or some combination of the two.
Guy Whimper is also a possibility at left guard if Foster is out Sunday and the Steelers want to keep Beachum at left tackle.
One player already out for the Jets game in East Rutherford, N.J., is rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton.
Wheaton broke his right pinkie in the Steelers’ Oct. 30 loss to the Vikings, and the injury required surgery. Wheaton said he won’t get stitches removed from his hand until next Monday. After that, he said, the Steelers will have a better idea of when he can return.
Bell said he could have practiced last week but the Steelers held him out of drills because of the bye.
Coach Mike Tomlin will give an injury report Tuesday at his weekly news conference.