That was the sound heard coming from the Steelers coaches’ offices when they got the news that left tackle Max Starks was going to be lost for the season.
As if things weren’t already bad enough for the Steelers offensive line, they now lose their left tackle; possibly the most important position on the offensive line.
The Steelers are already without right tackle Willie Colon, who was injured this summer. The Steelers had to sign Flozell (the human penalty) Adams to replace Colon.
During Monday Night’s game in Cincinnati, the Steelers offensive line was decimated with injuries. Not only did Starks suffer a season-ending injury, but rookie center Maurkice Poucey missed some action with an injury (though he came back later in the game), as did left guard Chris Kemoeatu.
So if we go from left to right on the Steelers offensive line, Max Starks is now lost for the season. Chris Kemoeatu is hurt and is questionable for Sunday. Maurkice Pouncey should be ready to play on Sunday. Trai Essex is hurt, and Doug Legursky has been playing in his stead. And Willie Colon is out for the season, and Flozell Adams has been playing in his spot. Is this offensive line cursed or what?
Starks suffered a disc injury in his neck that will require surgery. He is expected to return for the 2011 season.
In an effort to replace Starks, the Steelers have activated rookie tackle Chris Scott from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Scott broke his foot this summer and has been inactive all season.
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