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Casey Hampton won’t need surgery for partial ACL tear

Casey Hampton,  Andy Dalton AP

The Steelers lost nose tackle Casey Hampton early in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, with a knee injury.  As pointed out in PFT’s Friday one-liners, the veteran won’t need offseason surgery to fix the joint.

Hampton is lucky.  Most ACL injuries require surgery.  Usually, an ACL tear results in a full construction of the ligament.

In Hampton’s case, the tear was sufficiently slight to avoid surgery, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Which means he won’t be spending the full offseason rehabbing as he gets ready for what will be his 12th NFL season.

Two other key players weren’t as lucky; center Maurkice Pouncey has undergone ankle surgery, and guard/center Doug Legursky needs shoulder surgery.

Hampton is due to earn a base salary of $5 million in 2012, the final year of his current contract.

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9 Responses to “Casey Hampton won’t need surgery for partial ACL tear”
  1. steellady says: Jan 13, 2012 1:56 PM

    Hard to believe he’s in his 12th year.. seems like only yesterday when we drafted him.. uggg

  2. dirtdawg55 says: Jan 13, 2012 2:18 PM

    Next year may be the final year of his contract but the final year he played under that contract just ended. I can’t imagine he will be back. The Steelers have a lot of cap space to clear and Hood and Heyward need to get starter time.

  3. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Jan 13, 2012 2:55 PM

    Well of course he’s not going to need surgery. GOD only wanted to help Tebow and not destroy Hampton’s career!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (had to)

  4. fittytuckin says: Jan 13, 2012 3:08 PM

    Is he a great big fat person?

  5. heyzeus143 says: Jan 13, 2012 3:30 PM

    take a big paycut or see ya later big snack

  6. davikes says: Jan 13, 2012 3:33 PM

    Good for him. He should have a full recovery. I partially tore mine about 15 years ago, was advised against surgery, it healed, and I’ve been fine ever since. Mine was grade 2 sprain – partially torn. I heard it pop, and so did those around me. No MRI, just a wiggle the knee diagnosis. The funny part was that the Orthopedist I saw said “Whether or not you have surgery depends on who you see. Orthopedists advise you delay surgery and see if it heals. You can always have the surgery later if it doesn’t. Orthopedic surgeons advise you to have surgery right away.” Thank you for reading all the way to the end of this post, you must be bored.

  7. cmiddel says: Jan 13, 2012 4:31 PM

    Big snack has nothing to do with Heyward or Hood. They aren’t nose tackles, but defensive ends. If Steelers lose Hampton then look for Mclendon to start. I hope the draft a NT and keep Hampton for one more year!
    Go Steelers

  8. cmiddel says: Jan 13, 2012 4:34 PM

    and yes he’s a big fat person, I think it was the 2009 season he was held out of the beggining of training camp till he came into his weight. I could be wrong on the year tho
    regardless he is one of the best big fat ppl

  9. Deb says: Jan 13, 2012 5:04 PM

    Whether or not he plays next season, we all know Casey is coming to the end of his career, and he’s been a blessing to the team. When the time comes, we’ll miss you, Big Snack!!! Get well soon!!

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