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Willie Colon will miss the rest of the season

The worst fears for the Steelers have been realized. 

The Steelers confirmed that right tackle Willie Colon is scheduled for surgery Wednesday.    Scout’s Adam Caplan confirms that Colon tore his Achilles.  The ninth-month rehab should knock Colon out for the season.  On top of that, the Steelers revealed that fifth-round pick, tackle Chris Scott, broke his foot last week.

A few of scoffed when we said Colon was a huge loss, but the Pittsburgh Post Gazette calls Colon the team’s best offensive lineman.  He won’t be easy to replace.

We pegged Trai Essex as the most mostly candidate to replace Colon; he could slide over from right guard.  Ramon Foster and Kraig Urbik are other possibilities, but Ed Bouchette writes that “more than likely” the Steelers will replace Colon with free agent pickup Jonathan Scott, who started eight games in Buffalo last year.

So, to review: The Steelers are transitioning to an immobile quarterback for the first four games of the season, and probably will replace their best offensive lineman with a tackle the Bills didn’t want.  Giddy up.

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  1. Heinekenfun says: Jun 29, 2010 11:12 AM

    Shaky Offensive Line…., now it’ll be almost a shame that Worthlessberger won’t be the starting QB. I’d love to see that guy get peppered with sacks for a full 16 games…,

  2. reo says: Jun 29, 2010 11:15 AM

    Their line sucked anyway

  3. Meldog says: Jun 29, 2010 11:15 AM

    ouch. With the 7th overall pick of the 2011 Draft, The Pittsburgh Steelers select….

  4. mumpsen53 says: Jun 29, 2010 11:19 AM

    This guy had some interesting insight into Colon’s potential replacement….
    http://bleedblackandgold.com/blog/2010/06/29/training-camp-position-battles-right-tackle/

  5. Ballinmore says: Jun 29, 2010 11:19 AM

    Sergio Kindle will look good running over Jonathon Scott, Kraig Urbik or Razor Ramon Foster.

  6. PAJoe says: Jun 29, 2010 11:22 AM

    Maybe Big Ben can bring in one of his PA state trooper goons to block for him!! Ben better join Nutri System or Jenny Craig as he is going to be running for his life this year!! hahaha It couldn’t happen to a bigger loser than him!

  7. Josh Krauss says: Jun 29, 2010 11:22 AM

    Im with heinekenfun on this one id love to see rapelisberger get peppered with sacks for a full 16 games, that would be hilarious. Oh well the iron fist of goodell has already came down and Rapelisberger gets to avoid the beating for at least the first 4 games. Their o line was already questionable at best, this just puts them farther in the hole. Yippe

  8. JoeFlaccosUniBrow says: Jun 29, 2010 11:23 AM

    Sharks are circling…

  9. WhodeyTN says: Jun 29, 2010 11:25 AM

    Can’t wait to see the Bengals and Ravens defensive lines destroy the Steelers.

  10. momar3000 says: Jun 29, 2010 11:33 AM

    I’d rather play the squeelers at full strenght for bragging rights purpouses, but i’d sure love to see Ben get hammered back there.

  11. BennyBoy says: Jun 29, 2010 11:37 AM

    As a Steelers fan I have to agree that Colon was the team’s best offensive lineman last season. This is pretty sad because he’s average.
    On the other hand things like this tend to bring this team together and get them to play well. I wouldn’t count them out just yet.

  12. Wrongo says: Jun 29, 2010 11:38 AM

    Hurry up and call Willie Anderson.

  13. MSWRavens says: Jun 29, 2010 11:42 AM

    Don’t forget – whomever they line up at RT, this probably means the TE (Miller I suppose) stays in more to block… So your depleted receiver corps is back to primarily being Hiney Ward & Wallace…and a bunch of over-the-hill or unproven guys. A very good TE who has to blcok & a line with no strong RT. WELCOME TO THE BRIAN BILLICK OFFENSE! I can’t wait!!!

  14. dabarber says: Jun 29, 2010 11:51 AM

    Wow, the difference a year makes with this team..

  15. RhinoSteel56 says: Jun 29, 2010 11:52 AM

    LOL That is Hilarious!!!!
    Name one person from the Bengals D line that isnt awful.. The best statement of the day..MORON!
    WhodeyTN says:
    June 29, 2010 11:25 AM
    Can’t wait to see the Bengals and Ravens defensive lines destroy the Steelers.

  16. Nacho Libre says: Jun 29, 2010 11:54 AM

    WhodeyTN says:
    June 29, 2010 11:25 AM
    Can’t wait to see the Bengals and Ravens defensive lines destroy the Steelers.
    ————————————————
    Why didn’t you include the Browns? I mean I’m just sayin’…

  17. dakotah says: Jun 29, 2010 11:55 AM

    Flozell Adams, your phone is about to ring

  18. robert ethen says: Jun 29, 2010 12:01 PM

    Colon was crappy. If he was the best they should shoot the rest.

  19. Jack Burton says: Jun 29, 2010 12:12 PM

    I hope Leftwich has a good insurance policy, he’s going to need it after those 4 games.

  20. FlourideSoldOut says: Jun 29, 2010 12:18 PM

    Maybe the Stillers should give the Patriots a call, inquire about Mankins, no?

  21. Deb says: Jun 29, 2010 12:18 PM

    Yeehaa, Gregg, thanks for the rosy picture!
    @MSWRavens … Wallace isn’t unproven … and based on last year’s numbers, Ward isn’t quite over the hill.
    @JoeFlacco’sUniBrow … That’s the truest comment concerning the Steelers on any thread. The smell of blood in the water …
    @momar3000 … Glad to know there’s one fan who’d rather beat an opponent at full strength. Me, too.
    @Meldog … LOL Who have the first six?
    Okay … so it will be a challenging season. But it ain’t over ’til it’s over, boys. Doubt it will end on the podium, but don’t expect it to end in a blood smear on the grass either. All this chicken-countin’ is a lil premature.

  22. brownsfn says: Jun 29, 2010 12:23 PM

    yay…that is all…

  23. ppdoc13 says: Jun 29, 2010 12:25 PM

    Gaither for next years #1 will do it.

  24. Burning River says: Jun 29, 2010 12:28 PM

    Well, Willie…maybe it’s best that you watch the crash and burn on your NFL Ticket.

  25. CincyAllDaWay says: Jun 29, 2010 12:29 PM

    Poetic justice for the rapist’s accomplice! Mr. Willie, I didn’t see anything even though it happened right in front of me, Colon got his!
    oh yeah and RhinoSteel56………If there’s a moron in this room it’s surely you for your bonehead statement….”Name one person from the Bengals D line that isn’t awful??” Are you freakin kidding me. The number 4 defense in the league and you ask that stupid question?? You are without a doubt the “DUMBEST ASS IN CAPTIVITY!”
    Have fun getting swept by the Browns this year! BWAAHHAAAHAAHAAHHAA!!!

  26. bleedblckngold says: Jun 29, 2010 12:32 PM

    Mankins would be a good guy to fill the spot but the pats are asking to much in a first round pick for him and we would also have to hammer out a long term deal in the neighborhood of 7-8 million a year and with all of our activity in free agency I just dont see the Rooney’s making that type of commitment. Once again the Steelers will just have to rise in the face of adversity and play with a chip on our shoulder. As you can see there are to many haters already posting on this loss….. I wonder how many of them can count to 6?

  27. headrush4you says: Jun 29, 2010 12:42 PM

    No Rapistburger for 4 games AND a shitty line… move over steelers, here come THE RAVENS!

  28. flake13 says: Jun 29, 2010 12:53 PM

    To all you haters…remember…no one gets through the season unscathed…your injuries are coming…

  29. Ballinmore says: Jun 29, 2010 12:53 PM

    ppdoc13: The Ravens would never pull what the Eagles did and trade a quality player within the division. I’m pretty sure Bisciotti would pay Jared Gaither to be Edgar, Allen or Poe before he ever traded him to Shittsburgh.
    Hey maybe when Ben gets back the Steelers fan can unwillingly ride him to victories, since every college girl in a 5 state radius already has

  30. BennyBoy says: Jun 29, 2010 1:02 PM

    To everyone hoping against all hope that Logan Mankins is available: Mankins is a guard not a tackle. You can’t just take any big guy and put him at any position along the O line. Guys are made centers, guards & tackles for good reason. Actually making the switch from outside to interior lineman would be much easier than switching a guard to tackle. Mankins isn’t going to be pursued by the Steelers and for good reason. It isn’t a good fit.

  31. robert ethen says: Jun 29, 2010 1:05 PM

    Steelers are done. You can’t go 9 months with an inactive Colon.

  32. Latrobe says: Jun 29, 2010 1:08 PM

    Flozell Adams was at the Steelers’ facilities today.

  33. Iā™„Patriots says: Jun 29, 2010 1:28 PM

    # BennyBoy says: June 29, 2010 1:02 PM
    To everyone hoping against all hope that Logan Mankins is available: Mankins is a guard not a tackle. You can’t just take any big guy and put him at any position along the O line. Guys are made centers, guards & tackles for good reason. Actually making the switch from outside to interior lineman would be much easier than switching a guard to tackle. Mankins isn’t going to be pursued by the Steelers and for good reason. It isn’t a good fit.
    ====================================
    Thanks for saving me the time by typing that.

  34. southFLAsteel says: Jun 29, 2010 1:29 PM

    most of the people on here need to STFU! the efin’ season hasn’t even STARTED yet, still you poor dumbasses have the steelers ending up with the worst record in the NFL. how freakin’ stupid are you? the steelers have been without big time players many times before and have rarely been a losing team, much less the worst team in the league. i’m all for competitive banter and even downright hatred for another team (if that’s what it takes to get you through your pathetic excuse for a team). but come on, do you really even know anything about profootball? some of you need a lesson in the history of the nfl. course that and actual facts probably wouldn’t stand in the way of your ridiculous, stupid, asinine, idiotic, dumbass comments. so i guess, keep making your embarassed parents regret ever having sex without a condom. KEEPIN’ IT REAL!!!!!
    .

  35. jwill007 says: Jun 29, 2010 1:39 PM

    No offensive line and Byron starting……Thats like saying for Game 1 Pitt will start the “Statue of Liberty”
    EASY SACK!

  36. ppdoc13 says: Jun 29, 2010 2:06 PM

    @ robert ethen – that was freaking hilarious!!
    ROTFLMAO~~

  37. Deb says: Jun 29, 2010 2:45 PM

    Well, hello, CincyAllDaWay …
    You’ve been so quiet lately, thought I’d detoured into a spa. Why are you picking on Willie C.? Big Boy sat ignored all night while the DTFs climbed over him to pinch the QB. Life is not all glam and girls for a 315-lb. o-lineman.
    About that #4 D … didn’t quite make the Super Bowl, did they? The championship? Division round? Funny, they only got one game further than Pittsburgh–which had the #5 D. Doesn’t matter where your defense ranks if the team can’t capitalize on it. (And your corners were more responsible for that ranking than your d-line.)
    We’ll see what 2010 brings … but remember: That 15 minutes you guys enjoyed last year is already gone ;)

  38. MSWRavens says: Jun 29, 2010 6:26 PM

    Deb – Wallace has done it one year in the slot. Now he moves outside. Yeah, honey, he IS unproven!
    Ward is what he is. A true warrior…but he hasn’t been a game breaker for a while now…
    Keep dreaming. You’re going nowhere this season.

  39. Deb says: Jun 29, 2010 8:56 PM

    MSWRavens …
    Hey, I’m old school. Not crazy about having a 4,000-yd QB anyway ;) Many ways to win a football game besides passing … didn’t your Super Bowl win teach you that?
    No reason to think Wallace can’t handle it based on what he’s shown. Steelers have a history of turnover at wideout. Have always managed. Not my biggest worry.
    As for where we’re going this season, last season we finished 9-7 (just like your Ravens). Give me a little credit, sport. You don’t see me on here posting about winning the big one. We all dream, but I’m a realist. Will be extremely happy w/9-7 or 8-8. 10-6 and beating the Browns would make me delirious.

  40. domehead says: Jun 29, 2010 9:20 PM

    Too bad the Saints gave away Jamal Brown for a sandwich.

  41. rolli1967 says: Jun 30, 2010 1:59 AM

    @Deb,
    No doubt losing Colon will make things much more challenging for the Steelers already thin O-line.
    I would not automatically just pencil in 2 wins for the Steelers (or any other AFC north opponent) when they play the Browns. Expect to see a lot more of Jerome Harrison running the ball, with Lawrence Vickers continuing to blast holes for him Montario Hardest, and Peyton Hillis. Now that playoff expectations are off of Jake Delhomme, I expect (hope) he will impove over last years really bad outting with the Panthers. He will at least be an upgrade over Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson.
    The Browns still may only win 7 or 8 games, but the teams beating the Browns will have to EARN those wins, gone are the days of the browns just giving games to opponents. I would expect maybe a split with the Steelers this season….a Browns sweep of the Steelers would make me just as delirious;)

  42. Deb says: Jun 30, 2010 1:46 PM

    @rolli1967 …
    That’s why I said 10-6 and sweeping the Browns would make me delirious :) Jake is definitely an upgrade over Quinn and Anderson. He just lost his mojo in the 08 playoff game against AZ. If he can get it back, they’ll be a much-improved team. This division may be surprisingly competitive.

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