Nov 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) reacts during player introductions against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel has played in just one of the Steelers’ past four games because of plantar fasciitis, but he won’t make his return Sunday vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, as he’s already been ruled out. Keisel is in the final year of his contract, and in his 12th NFL season at 35 years old, it will probably be his last as a Steeler.
The Steelers will get a boost on offense though, as offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum sprained his knee in a 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night, and missed last week’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. Beachum was named the team’s starting left tackle after injuries and poor play plagued the team during their 0-4 start.
He beat-out the incumbent Mike Adams for the starting gig, and has played well since taking over. Adams started Sunday against the Dolphins and did well against the likes of Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon, but if Beachum is healthy enough to play, he’ll probably be the one charged with keeping Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson at bay.