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Steelers OG Essex out, OLT Starks returns

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By PFW staff

The Steelers lose a starter on the offensive line but get their left tackle back for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Starting OLT Max Starks (ankle) is listed as probable and will likely return, but starting OG Trai Essex (ankle) did not participate in Friday's practice and is ruled out for Sunday.

Starting DT Casey Hampton (hamstring) also returned to practice this week and is listed as probable to make his return to the gridiron on Sunday.

The way we see it

OL Doug Legursky steps in for Essex on the O-line. Head coach Mike Tomlin praised Legursky on Tuesday, and the second-year player has steadily improved. Starks' return strengthens the left side of the line, and Hampton will make the run defense even better and adds important depth with the Steelers playing on the road in Florida.

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