Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Max Starks announced via Twitter today that he will be having surgery next week presumably to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. Starks injured the knee late in the first half against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Wild Card game last week in Denver and was replaced the rest of the game by Jonathan Scott.
Starks was re-signed by the Steelers after the week 4 loss to the Houston Texans and started the very next week against the Tennessee Titans. He started all 13 games since coming back on a one-year contract.
Starks is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent and his rehabilitation time figures to take 6-9 months. He will cost the Steelers $2 million in dead money in 2012 because of his release prior to the start of training camp last season. We wish Max a speedy recovery.