Report: Max Starks Expects To Be Medically Cleared Around Taining Camp Time

Although seemingly not in the future plans of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Max Starks told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he\’s “just about two months away” from receiving medical clearance to resume football activities once again. Starks tore his right ACL in the AFC Wild Card game against the Denver Broncos.

Starks has been giving updates all off-season and has expressed his desire to play in 2012, even if it isn\’t with the Steelers, the only team he has played for since being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft.

The two month time table would put Starks as being cleared just as training camps around the league start, and although it was reported last week that the 30 year old tackle recently said that he has yet to hear from the Steelers about a possible return, he was at their facilities this past week having his knee checked out.

The Steelers left tackle situation still seems very cloudy right now as both Trai Essex and Jonathan Scott both took snaps at the position this past week during the teams\’ first OTA session of the 2012 season. Second round draft pick Mike Adams missed the first session and will miss the next two as well because of the graduation rules at Ohio State. He will not be able to practice with the team until the June mini-camp. Second year tackle Marcus Gilbert also let be known this past week that he should not be considered out of the running for the left tackle spot in addition.

Scott started the first three weeks of the 2011 season at left tackle for the Steelers. An ankle injury forced him to miss the week 4 game against the Houston Texans and Essex was forced to start in his place. Starks, who was released after the 2010 season, was signed back to the roster following the loss to the Texans and started at left tackle for the remainder of the season.

Once healthy, Starks might have the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts as suitors because of the obvious links to the former Steelers coaches that currently reside on both of those teams.

  • SteelerDave

    I’ve always like Starks. He is by no means an elite talent and he has had some protection issues himself at times but he has always had the heart of a Steeler.

    I feel the Steelers would be foolish to keep Scott on the roster if Starks is healthy. Scott is the most over-paid by performance (or lack of performance – Okay he is a half decent RT against weaker teams) player we have.

    Cut Scott, sign Starks by minicamp, save some money and give some proven experience to our LT spot until and if Adams is ready.

  • Intropy

    I like Starks because he seems like a real stand up guy and has a good personality in interviews and such I’ve seen. But he’s not a good OT. He’s not terrible, just not good either. Maybe a bit below NFL average.

    I don’t get the Essex thing. He was a terrible guard. You sometimes see tackles move to guard and succeed, even ones who didn’t cut t at tackle. But do you ever see a failed guard move to left tackle and succeed there? How drastic can this transformation be?

  • Harold

    Anyone know the status of Marcus McNeill?


    Does this make you a status seeker?

  • Jprankster2005

    I agree with you, I think Starks would do way better than Essex…… The reason I think they keep Essex on the team is he can play most of the postions….. But is not a starter………. The LT starter should be and hopefully will be Adams……. But I would love to have Starks there for him to back up Adams and help him into his role there……..

  • Jason White

    I hope they cut Jonathan Scott and sign Starks. I cringe at the thought of Scott or Essex at left tackle as we seen last year. With Starks on the roster we have a guy who can be a swing tackle and presuming Mike Adams is the starter, in the event he goes down with an injury Starks can step in and perform the job without being the liability that Essex or Scott are in that position.