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Colon will need 9 to 12 months to recover

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Willie Colon, the Steelers' longest-tenured starter on the offensive line, will miss the 2010 season because of a torn Achilles tendon.

Colon, who is scheduled to have surgery today, started 54 consecutive games at right tackle, including the playoffs. His recovery period is expected to last nine to 12 months, agent Joe Linta said.

Linta spoke extensively with Steelers team physician Dr. James Bradley, who will perform the surgery. Linta predicted that Colon, who suffered the injury while working out Monday at the team's facility, will make a full recovery for 2011.

"It's a classic deal where the Steelers are very positive Willie will be back 100 percent," Linta said Tuesday. "(Bradley) made it very clear that Willie will be fine."

Rookie offensive lineman Chris Scott, who suffered a foot injury while working out last week at the University of Tennessee, also is scheduled to have surgery today, director of football operations Kevin Colbert said in a statement on the team's website.

Colon's injury provides an opportunity for veteran Jonathan Scott (no relation), who was signed as a free agent this offseason.

Scott, who started eight games with the Buffalo Bills in 2009 under new Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler, was listed as Colon's backup on the depth chart. He had 14 career starts with Buffalo and Detroit.

"Jonathan started some games at left tackle. He also started some games at right tackle. He had the same history when he was in Detroit," Kugler said in April. "Having the value of being able to play both and be efficient at both gives him a good chance."

It is not known at this time if the Steelers will look at Scott at right or left tackle when training camp opens July 30 at Saint Vincent College.

Another possible option could be mammoth 35-year-old lineman Flozell Adams (6-7, 338), who visited the Steelers yesterday and went through a workout and physical. Adams made the Pro Bowl as a left tackle five times but hasn't played right tackle since his rookie season in 1998.

Adams started 173 of his 177 career games with the Cowboys.

Adams, who was released in April, was due to receive a $2.5 million roster bonus along with a $5 million base salary. He led Dallas offensive linemen with 12 penalties and allowed eight sacks last season. He was injured in the Cowboys playoff game and lost his starting job.




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