The Steelers haven’t had the services of defensive tackle Chris Hoke for more than a month.
They won’t have him for the rest of the season following neck surgery, and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Hoke’s career could be over.
The undrafted 35-year-old has played in Pittsburgh since 2001, usually as a reserve. He started two games this year in place of Casey Hampton.
With Aaron Smith’s future also up in the air, Pittsburgh’s defensive line will look a lot different next season.