The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to the practice field on Saturday, and with rookie left tackle Mike Adams sidelined with a knee injury that he suffered Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert is getting the first team reps at the left tackle spot to start practice, according to David Todd on Twitter. Gilbert is expected to work at both tackle spots today.
#Steelers walk-thru: first play OL L-R: Gilbert, Colon, 53, DeCastro, Foster.
— David Todd (@DavidMTodd) August 11, 2012
Todd also reports that Willie Colon is back at practice after missing the Thursday night game with an ankle injury and that Ramon Foster, who started in the place of Colon at left guard in his absence, is working today at the first team right tackle spot in place of Gilbert.
Adams is expected to sit out at least this week because of his knee injury, and could miss at least two weeks. Gilbert, the Steelers second round draft pick last year, has said all offseason that if given a choice he would like to play on the left side, his natural position. The Steelers of course added Adams during the draft though and brought back veteran tackle Max Starks just prior to the team reporting to Latrobe for training camp. Gilbert did receive some work on the left side during the offseason practices just to get some snaps there.
Adams is on the field according to Todd with a brace on his injured right knee, but not participating.
Defensive end Cameron Heyard also is back practicing Saturday in addition. Dale Lolley reports that both Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer appear to be out of practice for today. Dwyer suffered a shoulder sprain Thursday night that he said was not serious.