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.