Steelers demote starting left guard Kemoeatu

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Chris Kemoeatu, the Steelers' highest paid offensive lineman in his fourth year starting at left guard, has been demoted.

Doug Legursky will replace Kemoeatu in the starting lineup Sunday night in Kansas City. Kemoeatu said his coaches told him the demotion came because of poor performance recently.

Legursky started the first three games at right guard but missed the foruth game with a shoulder injury. He started the next two games at left guard because Kemoeatu had a knee injury. A dislocated toe knocked Legursky out of action for three games and Kemoeatu returned to health and his starting job.

This time, no injuries are involved. Ramon Foster has since nailed down the starting right guard spot he held all of last season.

It's the third notable demotion coach Mike Tomlin has made in the past few weeks. Hines Ward lost the starting job at wide receiver he's held since 1999 and Chris Hoke lost his long-held job as the top backup to nose tackle Casey Hampton, a job now held by Steve McLendon.



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