Steelers Confirm OT Willie Colon Tears Achilles

Steelers offensive tackle Willie Colon reportedly tore his Achilles on Monday morning. The Steelers announced that he'll have season-ending surgery on Wednesday.

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Nine Month Rehab For Steelers OT Willie Colon After Tearing Achilles

It'll be a long road back for Steelers OT Willie Colon after he tore his Achilles working out on Monday morning.

"It's torn, and he's getting surgery [Wednesday] morning with [team physician] Dr. James Bradley," Colon's agent, Joe Linta, said. "He's expected to have a full recovery, and it's about a nine-month rehab."

That would all but confirm that he's done for the season. The Steelers have acknowledged the injury but haven't said anything about him being done for the year.

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Steelers Confirm OT Willie Colon Suffered An 'Achilles Injury'

The Steelers issued a statement on OT Willie Colon's injury that has been reported to be a torn achilles:

"Rookie offensive lineman Chris Scott suffered a foot injury while working out at the University of Tennessee last week. As stated earlier, Willie Colon  suffered an Achilles injury while working out on Monday. Both were evaluated by Steelers' medical personnel today and they are scheduled for surgery on Wednesday. We will have further information regarding both once we know the results of each of their surgeries."

The Steelers didn't say it but Colon will miss the rest of the 2010 season.

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MRI Results Confirm Torn Achilles For Steelers OT Willie Colon

The Steelers on Tuesday reportedly received information confirming the worst for offensive tackle Willie Colon, according to Adam Caplan of Scout.com.

The MRI results on Willie Colon's right Achilles showed the tear. Surgery with Dr. James Bradley is scheduled for Wednesday.

The Steelers haven't made any announcements but Colon will miss all of the 2010 season.

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Steelers OT Willie Colon Reportedly Suffers Season-Ending Injury

Steelers right tackle Willie Colon injured his achilles working out on Monday morning and, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, it's no small injury.

La Canfora reports the Steelers expect Colon to have season-ending surgery on Wednesday indicating that he did tear his achilles. MRI results are "all but certain to confirm it", he reports.

The Steelers will start the season with someone other than Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback. That player is expected to be the immobile Byron Leftwich, which makes this sting even more.

This is a big blow to the Steelers, who didn't exactly have a stellar offensive line to begin with.

The Steelers revamped their offensive line, including selecting Maurkice Pouncey in the draft, but now they won't be at full-strength all season.

This likely means that Trai Essex moves from guard to right tackle with Max Starks at left tackle. Pouncey, Justin Hartwig and Chris Kemoeatu will play on the inside.

For Colon, the news is disappointing enough but the fact that it came during a contract year is even more crushing. Colon will be a free agent following 2010 and he was hoping for a long-term deal. If that comes, it won't be nearly as lucrative as it once could have been.

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