Starting Right Tackle Willie Colon Could Be Out For The Season With Torn Achilles

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Steelers Sign Adrian Jones

The Steelers have signed Adrian Jones, a journeyman guard who has played for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. He was released last year by the Houston Texans. The Steelers’ search for offensive linemen to deal with the loss of Colon probably won’t end with Jones, however, as they’re also kicking the tires on former Texans guard Chester Pitts.

The Steelers also placed Colon on the injured reserve list.

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Flozell Adams Visits The Steelers

 

Former Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Flozell Adams visited the Steelers today, in the wake of what appears to be a season-ending injury for Pittsburgh lineman Willie Colon. 

Adams, 35, who played 11 seasons in Dallas, mostly at left tackle, could serve as an effective stop-gap with Colon out for an extended period, as Pittsburgh's depth at offensive line is young and unproven. A one-year deal for Adams would probably shift left tackle Max Starks to the unit's right side, so Adams could operate out of his natural position, left tackle.

Some are unconvinced that rookie Maurkice Pouncey could replace Colon at the tackle spot. We'll have to wait and see who gets signed and who lines up where once training camp starts. 

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Chris Scott Has Foot Surgery, Depth At Offensive Line Fading Quickly

Unfortunately, it looks like Willie Colon isn't the only Pittsburgh offensive lineman with injury issues. There's not much to report on this just yet, but it looks like fifth-round choice Chris Scott had foot surgery this week, likely jeopardizing his participation in training camp.

One of the first things offensive line coaches work on with their young guys is footwork, especially in pass protection, so it's hard to imagine the procedure - whatever it was - won't shelve the University of Tennessee product for at least a little while.

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Willie Colon's Agent Addresses Achilles Injury

Earlier, we noted that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Willie Colon may have suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. James Walker from ESPN.com got this brief update, including a quote from Colon’s agent.

Colon will have more tests to confirm the injury on Tuesday, but the Steelers believe Colon needs surgery and five to six months of rehab, the source said.

“It looks like it’s an Achilles [injury],” Colon’s agent Joe Linta said. “We want to wait to confirm it, but that’s kind of our worst fears.”

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Starting Right Tackle Willie Colon Could Be Out For The Season With Torn Achilles

Bad news for Steelers Nation this Monday: starting right tackle Willie Colon may be done for the season with what appears to be a torn Achilles' tendon. Colon, who has been a very durable player since assuming the starting role in 2007, left the Steelers' facility on crutches.

The Steelers are expected to make an announcement this Tuesday, pending the results of an MRI Colon had after Monday's practice. If the tendon is torn, expect the Steelers to place Colon on injured reserve, ending his season; Achilles' tears generally take at least five months to rehab.

It's anyone's guess as to who will slide into the starting lineup if Colon is done for the season. The Steelers have some depth at tackle - including Tony Hills and Jonathan Scott - and it's also possible that someone like Kraig Urbik or Ramon Foster is called on to make the adjustments from guard to tackle, but all the suitors to replace Colon are unproven at best. Should Colon's injury turn out to be as bad as it seems, this will obviously be a position battle to monitor throughout training camp and into the preseason.

More to come regarding Colon's condition as we hear about it.

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