I hate to be happy about an injury, especially something as nasty as an Achilles injury. Ouch. That being said, karma has been taking its toll on the Steelers, and that makes me happy. I love to see Steelermania suffer. Their stupid towels. Their tainted championships. I hate it all. The only thing that brings me more joy is watching the success of the Ravens, which in turns brings misery to the Steelers fans.
So back to the story, Willie Colon hurt his Achilles during agility drills. Most people believe that surgery is the likely scenario which puts Colon out for most if not all of the season.
The best part of the situation is that they don’t have a lot to back him up. Here are the solutions proposed by the Steelers Blog, Behind the Steel Curtain.
Veteran Trai Essex filled in at right guard for Darnell Stapleton in 2009, after Stapleton started in the Steelers’ Super Bowl XLIII victory. Stapleton was lost for the season, and is no longer on the roster. He is a combo G/T, and does have experience on his side. However, his performance was shaky at best throughout the season. His previous experience has been at both tackle positions as a back-up, and hadn’t started at guard until last year.
The Steelers’ new offensive line coach, Sean Kugler, brought veteran T Jonathan Scott with him when he came from Buffalo, seemingly for this exact scenario. No one questioned either tackle’s starting spot – Colon or Max Starks. Scott is being looked upon to fend off younger challengers for the third spot on the depth chart.
Scott gave up a team-high seven sacks in Buffalo last season as a back-up for a Bills team mired in inadequacy.
Anyway, in case you think I am being mean, read this junk at Kissing Suzy Kolber. It goes both ways.