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Steelers’ Matt Feiler expected to again start in place of Marcus Gilbert at right tackle

November 26, 2018

To borrow Mike Tomlin-ism, the arrow has been pointing up on the career of Matt Feiler. That’s good for the Pittsburgh Steelers, because the arrow has been pointing down regarding the health of starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert.

Gilbert did not practice Friday, leaving it highly unlikely he will play in Sunday’s AFC North showdown at the Baltimore Ravens. Listed as doubtful on the Steelers’ official injury report, Gilbert is in line to miss his second consecutive game because of a knee injury.

If Feiler starts, it would be his fourth in the NFL, and his third this season in place of Gilbert. A guard during most of his previous three seasons as property of the Steelers, Feiler has emerged as the team’s top backup at tackle this season.

“I have definitely gotten a lot of reps the past couple weeks,” Feiler said, “and I’m ready for it.”

The Steelers averaged 31.5 points and 416.5 yards in the two games Feiler has started this season, with Roethlisberger being sacked four total times and James Conner rushing for a combined 207 yards.

A 2014 undrafted free agent from Division II Bloomsburg who did not make his NFL regular-season debut until 2017, Feiler was graded by Pro Football Focus as “above average” and has not allowed a sack.

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