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Usual right guard Doug Legursky did not play against Houston due to a shoulder injury would _ but he will start at left guard in place of Chris Kemoeatu (knee), whom offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said wasn’t healthy enough to be effective last week but the Steelers had little choice but to play him.

Ramon Foster filled in for Legursky at right guard against the Texans, and he earned the start at right guard this week after being effective enough.

At Arians this week said he was. But maybe the Steelers just have no better options.

“I actually thought it was just an OK game,” Foster said. “I must have done something to impress someone for them to give me another shot. I’m just happy for the opportunity and taking advantage of it.”

In limbo is Jonathan Scott, the former starting left tackle who did not play last week due to an ankle injury but who is not listed on this week’s injury report.

Even when Pittsburgh has some positive injury news, it’s one step forward, two steps back.

The Steelers welcome back one of their starting defensive linemen this week after Brett Keisel recovered more quickly than expected from a torn PCL in his right knee.

But just as Keisel returns, starting defensive linemen nose tackle Casey Hampton (shoulder) and end Aaron Smith (foot) are ruled out. The duo, which has combined for six Pro Bowl selections, will be replaced by Steve McLendon and Ziggy Hood, respectively.

A year after 1,273 rushing yards, Rashard Mendenhall has been limited to 173 through three games. He is listed as questionable for Sunday, and though he is expected to play, it almost certainly will be with a reduced workload.

With third-down back Mewelde Moore (ankle) out, Isaac Redman figures to play a prominent role either way, and former Georgia Tech star Jonathan Dwyer is expected to dress for a game for the second time in his career.

“They’ve been preparing me all week for the opportunity to get some playing time,” Dwyer said. “I’m prepared for whatever opportunity given to me.”

Harrison’s backup, second-year Jason Worlds, is out with a quadriceps injury, and rookie dime cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) is questionable.