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Steelers Place G Willie Colon On Injured Reserve


As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Tuesday that guard Willie Colon has been put on injured reserve with a knee injury to make room for running back Rashard Mendenhall, who was reinstated by the team on Monday following his one week suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

This marks the third season in a row that Colon has been placed on injured reserve. He was lost for the entire 2010 season with an Achilles injury suffered prior to the start of training camp and last season the Steelers guard, who was then the starting right tackle, was placed on injured reserve after suffer ring a triceps injury in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Colon was signed to a 5-year $29 million dollar contract back in late June of 2011. He restructured his 2012 base salary prior to the start of the season to help lower his cap number.

Colon made the move from right tackle to left guard this past offseason and started there the first 10 games this season before suffering a knee injury in the week 11 game against the Ravens. He missed the next two games as a result, but reinjured the knee in the loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 14. The injury required surgery last Monday.

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  • steeltown

    Knew this was coming. He played pretty well at LG, but he’s an injury waiting to happen. Something tells me he’ll be restructured again in 2013

  • steeltown

    I see Colon, Woodley, Timmons, Polamalu and possibly Ike Taylor all restructuring again in 2013

  • SteelersDepot

    So you are going to add more potential dead money for Colon? Do you understand how a restructure works?

  • SteelersDepot

    Woodley & Timmons are givens & I have posted about this SEVERAL times. Colon, Polamalu & Taylor not happening restructure wise.

  • NW86

    No need for nastiness…
    Steeltown, I would expect Woodley and Timmons to be restructured (which generally means changing 2013 salary into bonus money, which means they can spread the cap hit over the remaining years of their contracts. The downside is that the accounting you’ve pushed into the future years will still count against the salary cap even if he gets cut – aka “dead money”).
    Colon and Polamalu, I expect them to be asked to take a pay cut, since the Steelers won’t want to add a cap hit onto future years for those guys. If they don’t, as much as I hate to say this about Polamalu, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them both released.
    Ike, I think his contract should be left alone. He’s still playing well and earning his money, so you can’t ask him to take a pay cut. On the other hand, he’s getting older so you don’t want to do a restructure and add salary cap hit into the future for him.

  • Mike Carroll

    Dave: Do you have any data on how the Steeler’s future salary cap expenditures (i.e. money already on the books, so to speak, for previous prorated signing bonuses and restructures) compare to other teams around the league?

  • Mike Carroll

    I hope they do not give more money to Woodley up front next year. They probably will as you state, but I think it’s a big mistake to continue to put money in front of him before he’s earned it.

  • Mike Carroll

    Sorry NW86, I just re-read your point on the downside of restructures. Let me just elaborate on it and the downside to signing bonuses in general. It’s much better to have players (like any employee) work and then get paid. Just look at the Colon situation(injuries). Or ask the Jets about Mark Sanchez(poor play). Or, the Redskins and Albert Haynesworth, LOL, (lack of motivation). There are many reasons to not pay someone before they’ve earned it.

  • Mike Carroll

    I don’t see them cutting either Polamalu or Colon. I agree it would be nice to have the option, but unfortunately the dead money hits are significant for both of them. I believe Dave already said Colon’s hit would be near $6 million. And, I think Polamalu’s would be around $5-6 million, though I’m not positive.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Hate to admit it but plan on Colon getting hurt again next year & get his 4th ride on IR next year. Overpaid & overrated, but it happens to every team, giving contracts is that gamble. Cant count on Colon for healthy enough to play guard next year, for same reason had to stop counting on him to be a starting tackle, the idea being backups replacing him are easier to find to play guard than tackle.

    So preseason next year they better let everyone else play left guard. Load up at left guard & have the pecking order at that position ready.

  • steeltown

    So they should give him the high base salary with an even higher cap hit in 2013? What are the options? Maybe they can have him take a pay cut, I believe Hampton did this.. then again, I think Colon already refused to take a pay cut, right?

  • steeltown

    Why not Ike or Polamalu.. theyre signed through 2014.. you dont see them playing out their contracts?

  • steeltown

    I think along the lines of restructuring I may have used a poor choice of words.. In my head I was sort of thinking pay cut in a restructure situation. I know, completely different things.. but I guess my point was (especially with Colon) that some of these guys are not playing to their contracts, especially the ones that are injured every year… I guess pay cut would be best, but it most likely will not happen

  • steeltown

    I agree with you. If the past has shown us anything its that he could very well get hurt again next year. Good thing we have Ramon Foster.. I hope they re-sign Foster this offseason

  • Mike Carroll

    I said this before, but the Steelers made a big mistake restructuring Colon last year coming off two seasons spent almost entirely on the IR. And that is why I hope they don’t do the same thing with Woodley again this offseason. If the Steelers are upset with Woodley’s conditioning, which Keith Butler has criticized, they’ll be sending the wrong message not only to Woodley but the rest of the team, by putting more money in his pocket before he’s earned it.

  • JohnnyV1

    Too bad they didn’t go get OG Ryan Lee from the Saints, be nice to bring him back on the roster for next year. They will need someone to start opposite DeCastro, as I don’t think Willie Colon will be back after 3rd yr in a row on IR w/ a big contract. I really like Ramon Foster, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be back b/c he doesn’t pull so well. My vote for Ryan Lee, dump Mendenhall.

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