Steelers defensive Brett Keisel may not play today after waking up Saturday morning with an injured calf muscle.
The Steelers listed Keisel as questionable for the 1 p.m. game in Buffalo. The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder did not appear on their injury report following the team's final practice of the week Friday.
The Steelers may err on the side of caution with Keisel since he has missed four games and played sparingly in another after pulling a hamstring on Oct. 17 against the Browns.
With Aaron Smith out until at least the latter part of December — he is recovering from a partially torn triceps — the Steelers have had their starting defensive ends play together in just five games this season.
If Keisel is unable to play against the Bills, Nick Eason and Ziggy Hood will start at defensive end.
Max Starks' season is over, but the veteran left tackle has embraced a new role since the Steelers placed him on injured reserve Nov. 10.
Starks, who had surgery to repair an injured disk in his neck, has been a regular at the Steelers' practice facility, attending offensive line meetings and helping his teammates.
"I'm more like a player-coach, like (former NBA player-coach) Tree Rollins or something," said Starks, who is expected to make a full recovery from his injury.
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