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Analyzing What the Colon Injury Means

Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:50 pm
 
The Willie Colon Achilles injury can be considered the first major injury of 2010. Colon is not a household name, but he is the Steelers’ second best offensive lineman. (Left guard Chris Kemoeatu has to be considered the best, given that his mobility is key to the entire front five’s approach in run-blocking.)

The 6’3”, 315-pound Colon is built more like a guard – he has unusually short arms – but he’s been able to evolve as a right tackle. Colon has unusual quickness for the position, and he augments his solid-but-not-spectacular strength by taking good angles to blocks in confined areas. This kind of technique is all the more impressive considering Colon was as raw as war spelled backwards when he came out of Hofstra as a fourth-round pick in ’06.

So what do the Steelers do now? Jonathan Scott is listed as the immediate backup at right tackle, but he was an enormous liability as a starter with the Bills last season. Third-year pro Tony Hills could get a look, but at 304 pounds, you wonder about his size. Ostensibly, the Steelers would rather plays Hills at left tackle, but that would mean a relocation for Max Starks.

More likely, expect right guard Trai Essex to slide over one spot. Essex is a natural tackle anyway, and there’s great depth to replace him inside: Ramon Foster was a starter for the ’08 Super Bowl run; impressive first-round pick Maurkice Pouncey is the long-term solution at center but has been getting work at guard this offseason; last year’s third-round pick Kraig Urbik was brought in to one day assume a starting position. Urbik has been a disappointment, but not to the degree that you ignore him this early in his career.

Colon will undoubtedly be missed, but as long as Starks and Essex stay healthy, the Steelers will be fine.


--Andy Benoit

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Analyzing What the Colon Injury Means

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Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2010 5:15 pm
 

Analyzing What the Colon Injury Means

The ironic thing about all the errors is that the article is titled "Analyzing the..."

Clearly, fail.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:53 pm
 

Analyzing What the Colon Injury Means

I guess they will just hire anyone to write for CBS since research is clearly not a virtue.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:50 pm
 

Analyzing What the Colon Injury Means

Stapleton is also long gone off the roster.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:42 pm
 

Analyzing What the Colon Injury Means

I don't understand how people write these articles and don't do any research.  It doesn't take much to see that Darnell Stapleton was the starting RG for the steelers in 2008.  It doesn't take much to know that he is no longer with the team and that Foster was an undrafted free agent last year.  I agree that Essex will probably start at tackle now and pouncey will fill in at guard but lets get our information straight before we rush an article online.  



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:33 pm
 

Analyzing What the Colon Injury Means

Stapleton played RG.The Steelers last two RT were Colon and Starks.



Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2010 12:51 pm
 

Analyzing What the Colon Injury Means

If I recall correctly, Foster was just drafted last year.  Could you be referring to Stapleton who started at right tackle after Simmons went down? 


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