Pittsburgh Steelers starting ORT Willie Colon suffered an Achilles
injury while working out Monday morning, a source said. Colon was expected to
have an MRI on Monday afternoon to determine the extent of the injury. The
initial diagnosis on his injury is a torn Achilles, the source added. If the MRI
confirms that his injured Achilles is torn, Colon would be lost for the season
and would go on injured reserve.
Colon, who signed his one-year, $2.521 million non-guaranteed RFA tender back in April, was selected by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Should Colon wind up being lost for the season, the team will have some options to consider.
They could turn to journeyman OT Jonathan Scott, who signed with the team back in March. Scott, who is capable of playing RT or LT, has started 14 games during his four years of play.
Starting LT Max Starks is capable of playing RT, and RG Trai Essex is also capable of playing right RT. Third-year OT Tony Hills, who hasn't not appeared in a regular season game since he was drafted back in 2008, is also on Pittsburgh's 80-man offseason roster.
The best available offensive tackles left on the free agent market include Flozell Adams, Mike Gandy, Levi Jones, and Damion McIntosh.
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