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

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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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