Pittsburgh Steelers left guard Willie Colon has been active for the last two games but he didn\’t play in either of them. He hopes to play this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but currently considers himself a game-time decision after practicing fully on Thursday.
The Friday prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns Colon showed up on the injury report as probable with a knee injury after practicing on a limited basis that day and it was thought that he had injured it in practice.
The Steelers guard revealed on Thursday after practice that he suffered a knee bruise in the first game against the Baltimore Ravens when linebacker Terrell Suggs took his legs out from underneath him in the fourth quarter on a Colon pull to the right. You can see an animated gif of that play below.
Colon evidently has had to get that knee drained a couple of times since suffering the injury and that is never good to hear. He talked about what he accomplished on Thursday and the current status of his knee following practice.
“I think I did all the necessary things that I needed to do, and we\’ll see how it reacts,\’\’ Colon said Thursday after practice. “But I think I should be ready to play this week. I took a nasty bruise on the knee from Suggs. It swelled up, and I had to get it drained a couple of times.”
“So, it was tough to deal with when we played Cleveland. It felt a little better last week, and it feels a lot better so far this week. So, I hope that I\’ll be able to go. We\’ll see what happens Friday and Saturday, but it looks pretty good right now. I guess you could say that I\’ll be a game-time decision.\’\’
Should Colon not be able to work fully on Friday it will be a sign that he likely will be sidelined for a third week in a row. Should that be the case, center Maurkice Pouncey would most likely start again at left guard in his place with Doug Legursky manning the center position once again.
As far as Suggs goes, he tore his right biceps in the Ravens 23-20 loss to the Steelers last Sunday. He has vowed to continue to play through the injury and returned to the practice field Thursday.
A few weeks ago it was reported that the league\’s competition committee will consider abolishing all blocks below the waist in 2013. Will what Suggs did to Colon a few weeks ago fall into that category, or will linemen be forbidden to be cut even though they will not be allowed to cut themselves?