Max Starks is back! Well, he has been back for some time now, but Dale Lolley reports via Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers tackle will work with first team offense today as the team resumes practices following their 26-24 preseason win Sunday night over the Indianapolis Colts.
Starks, who thanks to the new CBA rules was unable to practice in pads until this past Friday after being activated from the PUP list earlier in the week, is the odds on favorite to be the starting left tackle when the season begins in Denver.
Although Starks has yet to play a preseason down as of yet, he has easily jumped rookie Mike Adams on the depth chart after the sub par play that the Ohio State product has had through the Steelers first two exhibition games.
Adams started the first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles and allowed 2.5 sacks along with several pressures of the quarterback. Although he sprained his knee in the game, Adams suited up Sunday night against the Colts and entered the game after Marcus Gilbert started on the left side to get some position flexibility snaps. Despite being second team, Adams still had problems in pass protection.
While not guaranteed, it looks as if Starks will most likely start Saturday night in the third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. He is now over 7 months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL that he suffered in the Steelers loss last year to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Wild Card game.