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Max Starks (LT): Starks performed well in his first action since returning from ACL surgery. The Steelers will need him to stay in the lineup because rookie Mike Adams is not ready.
Willie Colon (LG): Colon has made the adjustment to guard and should only get better as the season progresses.
Maurkice Pouncey (C): Pouncey appears to be back in form now that his ankle is healthy. Expect a big year from the young center.
Ramon Foster (RG): Foster was slotted for a spot on the bench until rookie David DeCastro suffered a knee injury against the Bills. Though Foster does not have the talent of DeCastro, he is a powerful blocker who has proven himself to be a capable NFL starter.
Marcus Gilbert (RT): Gilbert will man the right side of the line. The 2011 Steelers' Rookie of the Year winner will need to continue to improve if the line is eventually going to develop into a strength.
Mike Adams (T): Adams has been an excellent run-blocker, but subpar in pass protection. If he can improve his pass blocking, Adams has a very bright future.
Trai Essex (G/T): Essex is a backup capable of playing any position on the line. He has struggled in the preseason, but he is still better than some of the other options.
Doug Legursky (C/G): Legursky won’t have any consideration to start at guard in place of DeCastro, but he is the top backup at center.
David DeCastro (RG): DeCastro was slated to start at right guard and was starting to settle in until he tore his MCL against the Bills. According to Pro Football Talk, DeCastro will miss anywhere from three to five months.
Note: If the Steelers place DeCastro on injured reserve, they will need to add another lineman.