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Casey Hampton will undergo ACL surgery

Chris Hoke, Casey Hampton AP

Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton was hoping to avoid ACL surgery because he knew how hard it would be to recover from at age 34.

Unfortunately, Hampton has no choice. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Hampton will indeed after go under the knife Friday for the injury. It was believed Hampton could avoid the surgery.

It’s very hard to imagine the Steelers retaining Hampton at his current salary of $4.89 million. This is the third ACL surgery of his career.

We would expect the Steelers to release Hampton if the two sides can’t agree on a reduced contract. No matter what happens with Hampton, Pittsburgh needs new interior defensive lineman following this news and Chris Hoke’s retirement.

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21 Responses to “Casey Hampton will undergo ACL surgery”
  1. jimbobobjr says: Jan 26, 2012 2:42 PM

    Well, that solves 1/5 of their $25 million cap problem. Hampton has been one of the best 3-4 nose tackles throughout his career and has lasted longer than most nose tackles do. He will be missed.

  2. rooneyruleblues says: Jan 26, 2012 2:43 PM

    Stick a fork in em… That franchise is finished for awhile.

  3. j0esixpack says: Jan 26, 2012 2:54 PM

    Age 34 doesn’t matter so much.

    What does matter is carrying 325 lbs on a re-constructed knee.

    That’s not a good situation whether you’re 17 or 77

  4. heyzeus143 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    nope, will be better than ever, quicker

  5. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    Steelers wont even sniff the playoffs next year

  6. rc33 says: Jan 26, 2012 3:00 PM

    “finished for awhile” is likely the last thing that’ll happen to this Michael Myers-like franchise.

    That these guys are harder to get rid of than a bad stain.

  7. stairwayto7 says: Jan 26, 2012 3:05 PM

    Steelers will get 10+ wins again next season! Now they are younger and faster with Heyward and Hood. Plus Browns suck, Bengals haven’t been to playoffs in back to back seasons since who knows when and the Ravens have Flacco..nuff said!

  8. 3octaveFart says: Jan 26, 2012 3:06 PM

    The Steelers don’t rebuild, they reload…

  9. raven410 says: Jan 26, 2012 3:07 PM

    Hopefully this guy retires a Steeler. He’s given the Raven Hell for many years. Good Luck Hampton!

  10. dickroy says: Jan 26, 2012 3:14 PM

    I don’t know what the problem is but its a shame with all the Steelers topics today, that my post will not stay up for more than 5 minutes. If this one does it will be the first of 5 tries today. So I will try just making no comment!

  11. groess says: Jan 26, 2012 3:23 PM

    Put a fork in him…he’s done!

  12. shotgunformation5wide says: Jan 26, 2012 3:27 PM

    Not only will the Steelers re-load. They’ll do with the #24 pick in the draft what other teams can’t do with a top 10 pick. Oh, and it’ll be even more interesting in the draft because the Ravens can’t steal picks away from us this year. :)

  13. 6andcounting says: Jan 26, 2012 3:41 PM

    325? Dude is closer to 400 lbs. than he is 300 lbs…

  14. ingraven says: Jan 26, 2012 3:49 PM

    For as strong a DT he is, that might be his career down the drain now.

  15. ziggy26 says: Jan 26, 2012 4:18 PM

    There are a lot of people who want to write off the Steelers because of the “aging” defense, but it’s just not accurate.

    1) NT Steve McClendon (26) passed Chris Hoke on the depth chart this season, was basically rotating snaps with Hampton, and then did and excellent job when Hampton went down due to injury.

    2) DEs Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel might be old, but they have two recent first round picks backing them up in Ziggy Hood (24) and Cameron Heyward (22).

    So the core of the defensive line that did a pretty good job stopping Denver’s run attack (Hood, Heyward, McClendon and Keisel) will all be back. Three of those guys are 26 or under.

  16. holeinone09 says: Jan 26, 2012 4:29 PM

    Let’s see now. Steelers go into the season with aging veterans on defense, and people say “old and slow”, “stick a fork in them”, etc. They go 12-4.

    Then, with the possibility of the Steelers not having the aging vets return due to retirement and injury, same people say “they are done”, “stick a fork in them”, etc.

    Makes me laugh. After all these years, when will people learn that the Steelers retool as well as any franchise in the league?

    Best of luck, Big Snack!

  17. cityofchampyinz says: Jan 26, 2012 5:22 PM

    Pretty funny the way everyone thinks the Steelers are “Done for awhile”

    We just reload.

  18. Deb says: Jan 26, 2012 5:49 PM

    Yes, the Steelers are done. An injury to one nose tackle often kills a team. Gee, a lot of wishful thinking on this thread :D

    Good luck with the surgery, Big Snack!! Get well soon!!

  19. pizzon says: Jan 26, 2012 5:55 PM

    blessing in disguise if you ask me. casey has been rock solid for a decade and now its time to step aside and let the youngsters have a taste. this organization is different from others in that they dont wait for things to fall apart before they rebuild like the colts did they have guys like worilds, hood, mclendon, and heyward to step in, which is why this team will again win 11+ gms again and make a run in the playoffs. not to mention they dont put all their money into one player like the colts.

  20. pozone6031 says: Jan 26, 2012 6:02 PM

    Seems like most of the Raven comments come from age 7 and below. Hampton was a great player and I hope he has 1 or 2 more good years left!

  21. steelernation1 says: Jan 26, 2012 6:05 PM

    CH just retire..as much as we love ya here in the burgh it is time to call it a career..you got rings on your hand.step down and let some fresh players step up..

    the steelers dont step down they reload..always a contender.got to be fresh for them pesky birds next year…lol

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