Steelers RT Willie Colon Suffers Achilles Injury – Out For Season

Pro Football Scout reporter Adam Caplan is reporting on Twitter that Steelers right tackle Willie Colon suffered an Achilles injury while working out this morning and a MRI is pending. We will have more on this as we get but for now Joe Linta, Colon\’s agent says there\’s no update on extent of injury as of yet. Colon was drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft and recently signed his one-year, $2.521 million restricted free agent tender back in April of this year. If Colon is lost for any period of time, the Steelers would likely let free agent Jonathan Scott or Tony Hills battle for the spot. They also could try to slide Trai Essex over from the guard position as rookie first round pick Maurkice Pouncey has been challenging Essex for his right guard position all Summer.

Updated: Colon left the Steelers practice facility on crutches today and the initial fears are that he has tore his Achilles tendon. If indeed the case, Colon will need surgery and will miss the upcoming season. Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert confirmed an Achilles injury today on the team\’s web site.

Another Update: 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.

  • dave

    Tough break for the Steelers and for Colon. I can’t see Tony Hills or Jonathan Scott or Chris Scott being an upgrade…

  • J.Rob

    This loss may not be the big problem that it seems. It is very early in the season and the steelers have plenty of time to get a player ready to play the position. They already have Scott from Buffalo, Rookie Scott, Foster, and Hills. Essex is also a possibility although he was not that good before. It may even be possible that one of the previous players was going to win the starting job from Colon and he would have become the best back up on the team. We also have some developmental players on the interior of the line that are doing very well. Starks is I think a lock at left tackle until the next draft. Pouncy will be starting at center or guard. Hartwig may not be ready to play because of injury and could be done this year. We may see 4 new starters on the offensive line this year, Foster is a quick learner and reliable. Scott from Buffalo was a starter while there. Urbik was a high draft choice and may be ready. We also have Scott who played on the same line as Foster in college and should be a quality player. Hills may have finally recovered from his injuries and be ready to earn his spot. Legursky was in the line up as the top center while Hartwig was unable to practice.

    We could see Starks Urbik Legursky Pouncy Scott from Buffalo with top back ups Foster, Hills, Kemo and Scott. Dress Foster and Hills with the other 5 we have every spot on the line covered. Next year Pouncy becomes starter at center Legursky is a back up and we bring in Foster at guard.

  • tunesmith

    Hills was cut. He’s a Bronco now.

  • SteelersDepot

    you do know this is a year old post, right?