The Steelers are hurting, and could be down three of their key starters Sunday when they take on the 6-3 Lions at Heinz Field in a critical game.
Three starters again missed practice on Friday, and all three have yet to practice this week.
The players are OLB linebacker LaMarr Woodley, defensive end Brett Keisel and left guard Ramon Foster.
Woodley is suffering from a calf injury, Keisel a foot injury and Foster an ankle injury.
For now, Woodley is listed as doubtful, and Mike Tomlin said earlier in the week that it didn’t look like Foster was going to play.
Keisel is battling plantar fasciitis, and is listed as questionable, as is Foster.
If Foster does indeed sit, Guy Whimper will get the start at guard, as he’s practiced all week with the first team.
Ziggy Hood, who lost playing time to Cam Heyward, would get the start for Keisel.
Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (hip), right guard David DeCastro (ankle), right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), center Fernando Velasco (knee), offensive tackle Mike Adams (ribs) and tight end Heath Miller are all probable.