A look at the two remaining starting positions

Stillers.com's Dale Lolley examines the final two starting positions which might be up for grabs, and looks at the players challenging for those roles.

With less than one month remaining before the Steelers report to training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, only two starting positions remain open - right guard and left inside linebacker.

At right guard, Oliver Ross is the leading candidate to be the starter, despite a number of publications that are saying the job belongs to Keydrick Vincent or rookie Kendall Simmons, the team's No. 1 draft pick.

While the team would love Vincent or Simmons to wrest the starting spot from Ross, it's not likely to happen, at least not right away.

While Ross is more comfortable at tackle - and the team sees him as an eventual replacement for Wayne Gandy - he gives the Steelers a better chance to win when they open the season at New England on Monday night.

Simmons will eventually be the starter - look for it to happen after the bye week - but the Steelers aren't going to overwhelm the rookie and rush him into the lineup.

At left inside linebacker, John Fiala and James Farrior split time with the starting unit at the team's recent mini-camp.

The job is Farrior's to lose, however.

He is the more talented player and must learn the defense first before the Steelers hand him the job.

While the team would be disappointed if Farrior doesn't pick up the defense in training camp, Fiala does give the team a good fallback and experienced depth at the position.

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