David DeCastro still out for Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- Injuries decimated the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive line in a 21-18 loss at Oakland.

But the Steelers’ starting front five could be intact Sunday when the team visits New England for a 4:25 p.m. ET game.

“I expect all guys to get back, especially (David) DeCastro who has been busting his tail in rehab,” starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert said. “He’s walking a lot better.”

DeCastro has yet to practice this week because of a right ankle injury he sustained in Oakland. The Steelers’ starting right guard is expected to try and practice on at least a limited basis Friday. Starting left guard Ramon Foster is on track to play in New England after leaving last week’s game with a concussion.

Foster was a full practice participant on Thursday though he will still need to pass mandated concussion tests before he is cleared to play against the Patriots.

Guy Whimper, who also left the Raiders game with an injury, practiced Thursday for the second consecutive day. Whimper, who hyperextended his left knee in Oakland, and Cody Wallace will be the guards if DeCastro is unable to play at New England and Foster suffers a setback and is also not able to go.

Whimper will likely start at right guard if DeCastro is the only lineman who can’t play against the Patriots.

DeCastro and cornerback Curtis Brown (coach’s decision) were the only players who didn’t practice on Thursday.

Wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) was the only player who was limited in drills.

Wheaton has missed the last three games after having surgery to fix a broken pinkie on his right hand, and he is unlikely to play at New England.