Tackle Willie Colon placed on injured reserve

| Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tackle Willie Colon's season officially ended Wednesday when he was placed on injured reserve, and the Steelers signed journeyman offensive lineman Adrian Jones to take his roster spot.

Jones, 29, is a five-year veteran who has played tackle and guard in the NFL, though he sat out the 2009 season after being cut by the Houston Texans in training camp. The Steelers signed him to a one-year contract.

The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Jones was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2004 draft. He has appeared in 55 games with 26 starts, including 16 with the Jets at both tackle positions in 2005.

Jones made 10 starts at guard for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.

In college, Jones played 42 games at Kansas, spending his first three years at tight end before being moved to tackle as a senior.

Colon, who had started 54 consecutive games, tore his Achilles tendon in June while working out at the Steelers' practice facility on the South Side.

Jonathan Scott, signed as a free agent from the Buffalo Bills in March, and veteran Trai Essex are other candidates to replace Colon on the offensive line.

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