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Mike Adams expects quick return from knee injury

Pittsburgh Steelers second-round draft pick Mike Adams reportedly will miss two weeks with a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, but Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Adams expects to return before then.

"I'm feeling good, in the training room, rehabbing," Adams said. "I'll get back as soon as I can."

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has characterized Adams' injury as a "day-to-day" situation.

Selected with the No. 56 pick in the draft, the 6-foot-7, 323-pound Adams is expected to be the Steelers' long-term option at left tackle. Adams struggled in his debut, allowing 2.5 sacks in fewer than 10 snaps before suffering the injury, and a two-week absence could jeopardize the rookie's chances of starting right away.

The Steelers will move Marcus Gilbert from right to left tackle while Adams is out, with Willie Colon filling in on the right side. That alignment could be feasible to start the season if Adams is not up to speed.

The Steelers also beefed up their depth at the position, re-signing Max Starks in July. Starks is coming off knee surgery and remains on the physically unable to perform list.

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