Casey Hampton, Max Starks won't play for Pittsburgh

The New York Jets aren’t the only 3-4 team that will be missing a nose tackle in Week Two.

The Steelers won’t have Casey Hampton, the man who knows a thing or two about clogging up the middle of the offensive line, will be sitting on the bench for Sunday’s game at Nashville.  (Rosenthal mentioned this in his excellent 15 things to know about the Week Two injury report.  And like everything else done well, it means that he will be required to do it again.)

The good news for Pittsburgh is that Hampton won’t miss the rest of the year.  Still, the Steelers could use the big fella as they prepare to face Chris Johnson and the Titans.  Chris Hoke, a nine-year veteran who has appeared in 16 games for each of the past four seasons, 15 in 2005, and 14 in 2004, will replace Hampton.

Left tackle Max Starks also will miss the game for the Steelers.  He’ll be replaced by Jonathan Scott, a free-agent arrival from the Bills who struggled last week after Starks left with an injury. 

19 responses to “Casey Hampton, Max Starks won't play for Pittsburgh

  1. As a Steeler fan I’m definetly more concerned about Max being out. Chris Hoke has filled in just fine in the past and in relief duty. Don’t know much about Scott, but he filled in ok when Max came out last week.

  2. Casey will be missed, but we’re fortunate to have an experienced Hoke to fill in for Big Snack. But the o-line seems to struggle mightily no matter who is on the field. Some people seem to think Scott shows promise. I’ll be watching on Red Zone, which won’t give me much opportunity to evaluate him. We can only hope he finds a little magic in Starks’s absence.

  3. Pittsburgh QB Dennis Dixon had a high standard to live up to in Week 1 … and he did it. No. 1 QB Ben Roethlisberger, currently serving a league-mandated four-game suspension, has been widely misunderstood by the pigskin pundits. Even many Pittsburgh fans consider him the proverbial “game manager” who has benefited from a top defense and a commitment to the run on offense.
    The truth is Roethlisberger is one of the most effective passers in the history of the game … if you know which stats to study. The single most important stat in football, and maybe in all of North American sports, is passing yards per attempt. Roethlisberger boasts an incredible 8.01 YPA in his career. How good is that? It’s No. 5 on the all-time list. (No. 1 Otto Graham averaged 8.62 YPA during his six-year NFL career; no coincidence his Browns played for the NFL title all six years.)
    Roethlisberger’s misunderstood effectiveness, more than anything else, explains why the Steelers suddenly became contenders, and won two Super Bowls after 25 years of frustration, immediately after he took the reins of the Pittsburgh offense in 2004

  4. Steelers will use the money they save on jet fuel costs minus all that weight to treat the team to 3 days in Maui.

  5. It’s all part of football. The team has to make adjustments in the interest of success. It just adds to the drama for a team dealing with personnel issues.
    GO STEELERS!

  6. Also a big Steelers fan. I recall last year (perhaps the year before) that Casey was being beaten by Mawae and Hoke came in and did a better job, as he was quicker and could disrupt more frequently. I am sure that Hoke will fill in nicely.

  7. # LeBong James says: September 17, 2010 11:32 PM
    “I hope they are both out when they play the browns, no offense.”
    I agree, Jake Delhomme flat out sucks.

  8. # ArtModellsPimp says: September 18, 2010 7:11 AM
    “Throw those “Six Lombardis” out on the field. Maybe they can stop the Titans.”
    You wouldn’t know it we did or not, having never actually seen one. LMAO

  9. Missing both starting tackles and the starting nose tackle, while playing with a third string quarterback…no other team would be in position to whether it.

  10. Casey will be missed, but we’re fortunate to have an experienced Hoke to fill in for Big Snack. But the o-line seems to struggle mightily no matter who is on the field. Some people seem to think Scott shows promise. I’ll be watching on Red Zone, which won’t give me much opportunity to evaluate him. We can only hope he finds a little magic in Starks’s absence.

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