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|Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:53 am Post subject: Steelers notebook: LB Arthur Moats' 'availability' led to co
|One the more gregarious Steelers players, Arthur http://www.js-lanhui.com/ty-montgomery-jersey-c-1_49.html Moats was pragmatic about his consecutive games-played streak coming to an end.
“All streaks become broken one day,” the linebacker said Monday. “It was a nice streak. A dope streak, and now I have to speak about it in the past tense. It was a dope streak.”
Moats played in 69 consecutive games (including all 53 since he joined the Steelers in 2014), tied for the fifth-longest among active linebackers in the NFL and second-longest on the Steelers.
But with the team relatively healthy (just one player out injured) and in search of a spark from veteran James Harrison for Sunday's game at Kansas City, Moats was an odd man out. He was a healthy inactive.
“It wasn't because of an injury, so at least there is consolation in that,” Moats said.
With five accomplished outside linebackers on the roster, if all are healthy, it could last the rest of the season that either Moats or Harrison are inactive.
“It is what it is,” Moats said. “That's the business.”
As he spoke, young teammate Bud Dupree inquired and expressed awe at Moats' streak and remorse that it ended. The two shared a laugh, especially when reminded that if Moats begins a new streak this week, he wouldn't match his previous one until late in the 2021 season when he would be 33 years old.
“I'm hoping that my younger compadres can one day beat that streak,” Moats said.
“At the end of the day, it's a testament to being available. Availability is sometimes better than ability. And that's kind of how I live.”
FOSTER CONFIDENT IN RETURN
Ramon Foster characterized sitting out Sunday's game after a back injury flared up recently as a precaution.
“I've been dealing with it for a couple weeks,” Foster said, “but it came to a point where you just can't deal with it anymore. We're about to hit a stretch in the season where in-conference play comes along. We have Cincy, a late Sunday night game and the second half gets really amped up. … Better to get rest in a nondivision game than to risk it and be out for later.”
Foster said he's “feeling confident” he will http://www.packersprosale.com/randall-cobb-jersey-c-1_22.html play Sunday at home against the Bengals.
“If it's up to me, I'm rolling,” he said.
SUTTON RETURN IMMINENT?
The Steelers' first third-round pick, cornerback Cameron Sutton, said the Steelers' medical and personnel brass were going to meet to discuss whether the rookie cornerback would return to practice this week, when he is first eligible.
On injured reserve because of a hamstring injury, Sutton — by IR rules — cannot play the first eight weeks. However, players on IR are allowed a 14-day window to practice before they play. In theory, Sutton could practice this week.
Sutton said he is healthy enough but might wait before doing so because the Steelers' bye week comes after their Week 8 game, meaning the 14 days might not be best utilized.
“I'll just do what I'm told,” Sutton said. “I'll be ready to go when they tell me to.”
Matt Feiler described himself as “tight end-capable,” but added he does not expect the Steelers to utilize him in that way any time soon.
The Steelers' No. 8 offensive lineman, Feiler has yet to appear in a game this season. But when backups Chris Hubbard and B.J. Finney were both pressed into duty Sunday because of injuries to Marcus Gilbert and Foster, that left Feiler as the “next man up.”
A tackle in college who's taken most of his practice reps at guard this season, Feiler said he took reps as a tight end (essentially an extra lineman) while on the Texans' practice squad as a rookie in 2014. Hubbard and Finney each have taken http://www.49ersprosale.com/terrell-owens-jersey-c-1_12.html on the role this season. The Steelers dressed just two tight ends (Xavier Grimble was inactive) against the Chiefs, so Feiler in theory was the No. 3 tight end in Kansas City.