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Steelers' Starks may start Sunday at left tackle

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By Scott Brown
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
 

Max Starks is pushing to start at left tackle Sunday for the Steelers.

Starks, who re-signed with the Steelers yesterday, again took significant snaps with the first-team offense. And offensive Bruce Arians said after practice today that Starks could start against the Tennessee Titans because of his familiarity with the Steelers' offense.

Starks said he took 66 to 75 percent of the snaps with the first-team offense today. Yesterday, Starks split first-team snaps at left tackle with Jonathan Scott, who has practiced both days this week after missing last Sunday's game because of a sprained ankle.

"The biggest thing is to make sure I have everything down pat, working and communicating fluidly with the rest of the guys," Starks said. "Hopefully Sunday I have that opportunity to (start)."

There will be at least one change along the offensive line.

Arians said Doug Legursky will return to the starting lineup but at left guard instead of right guard. Ramon Foster will make his second consecutive start at right guard and Legursky will fill in for Chris Kemoeatu at left guard. Legursky started the first three games at right guard but didn't play against the Houston Texans because of a shoulder injury.

Kemoeatu, who has not practiced this week, has been hampered by a knee injury since before training camp. Arians said Kemoeaetu probably shouldn't have played last Sunday, but that he gutted it out because the Steelers were short-handed on the offensive line.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who sprained his left foot against the Texans, was a full participant in practice today and is in line to start against the visiting Titans.

"I always plan to play Sunday, " Roethlisberger said.

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