According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, doctors are now estimating that Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon will be out of action close to six weeks following surgery this morning on his torn meniscus in his left knee. If indeed the reported time missed estimation is correct, the Steelers will in all likelihood will place Dixon on injured reserve and thus end the season for Dixon. The Steelers could use the roster spot on an extra defensive lineman to help with the body rotation for what is believed to be another hot game down in Tampa. Defensive tackle Steve McLendon was signed back to the practice squad this morning and could be once again be activated to the active roster to help lighten the load on nose tackle Casey Hampton, who looks to return to the lineup this week after sitting out with a bad hamstring last week in Nashville. The Steelers also could sign another free agent lineman as well with guard Trai Essex expected to be sidelined this week with an ankle injury. A decision on Dixon will likely be made very soon.
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