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Steelers place Willie Colon on injured reserve

Willie Colon, Fletcher Cox AP

The Steelers needed to create room on the roster for running back Rashard Mendenhall’s return from suspension before 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday and they’ve chosen to do that by placing guard Willie Colon on injured reserve.

Colon has missed three of the last four games with a knee injury and there were fears last week that it would end his season. Whether they kept him around in hopes of better news on the health front or because they knew they’d need to open a spot for Mendenhall this week is immaterial now that he’s been shut down for the rest of the year.

It’s the third straight season to end with a trip to injured reserve for Colon. He missed all of 2009 because of an Achilles injury and played just one game last season before missing the rest of the year with a torn triceps.

The Steelers moved Maurkice Pouncey to left guard in Colon’s place earlier in the season, but left him at center against the Cowboys in Week 15. Ramon Foster flipped to the left side and rookie David DeCastro made his NFL debut as the starting right guard. That figures to be their look the rest of the way up front now that they’re sure Colon isn’t coming back.

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  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 18, 2012 3:59 PM

    This is just the latest in a long-running and evidently, ongoing series of events — where we RUSH injured player onto the field.

    Injured player is not only ineffective hobbling around, the injured player is also highly susceptible to exacerbating said injury.

    So we RUSH them out, they stink it up for a quarter or two (through no fault of their own) — and then they further aggravate their pre-existing injury, leading to missing extended time, and in many instances, a trip to I.R.

    We have the dumbest injury management in the NFL. Every year, it’s the same old idiocy. Rinse. Wash. Repeat. Will we EVER learn???

  2. cruciankenny says: Dec 18, 2012 4:30 PM

    I can think of someone on the defensive side that was allowed to play too early after an injury and he has never been 100% since. Any guesses?
    If the Steelers don’t quit playing people before they are healed, they’ll continue to be riddled with injury at the end of the season.

  3. ravenator says: Dec 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    Foundation is crumbling Pittsburgh

  4. blackngold4life says: Dec 18, 2012 7:50 PM

    I think Keisel,Wallace and Clark the only ones not to have missd a game this year on Offense or Defense.. Not counting Clark’s game in Denver..and Ike has been pretty Durable in his time..But the rest of them dudes need year around strength and conditioning especially that damn O-Line..its REDICULOUS

  5. halusbr33 says: Dec 18, 2012 10:15 PM

    ravenator says: Dec 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    Foundation is crumbling Pittsburgh
    ____________________________________
    We shall see.

  6. mrmidevil says: Dec 18, 2012 11:59 PM

    Who cares? Their season is over – steeler fan

  7. randallflagg52 says: Dec 19, 2012 5:44 AM

    They need to give the steelers the life alert system for the holidays. Old and slow…

  8. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 19, 2012 8:52 AM

    @randallflog: for someone without out a clue please define old and slow. Let me give you some help by telling you to watch a guy called Lewis or reed.

  9. abracadrab says: Dec 19, 2012 12:20 PM

    ravenator says: Dec 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    Foundation is crumbling Pittsburgh ____________________________________

    Willie Colon is a part of the foundation in Pittsburgh?

    hahaha the first truly hilarious Ravenator post.

    Colon has been an average player at best throughout his entire tenure with the team (save one season). His time is up

  10. bubbahotepp says: Dec 19, 2012 1:26 PM

    Many of the Steelers woes start with the front office, especially big contracts to aging or mediocre players. Colon, Polamolu, Woodley, for starters, have not lived up to their paychecks, and it’s killing us. There are other problems to be sure, but it just irks me to see all that cap money tied up in the past and not the future. And I don’t want hear about Woodley’s stats — he’s not worth his money.

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