What are Steelers' options at RT?

June, 28, 2010
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Pittsburgh Steelers received more bad news Monday when starting right tackle Willie Colon suffered a potentially serious Achilles injury. When I talked to Colon's agent, Joe Linta, the feeling from Colon's camp is that the ailment might be season-ending.

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"We want to wait to confirm it, but that's kind of our worst fears," Linta said.

If Colon misses the entire 2010 season, here are several options for Pittsburgh:
  • One choice could be for Pittsburgh to shift offensive linemen. First-round pick Maurkice Pouncey has been playing on the second team this offseason and it would make sense to move him into the starting lineup as the right guard. That could allow Trai Essex to move to right tackle.
  • Former 2008 fourth-round pick Tony Hills is another player who could get a look. He's been a project for Pittsburgh the past two years. But with zero experience, Hills may not be ready for that kind of jump.
  • Signing a player in free agency also is an option. Levi Jones and Flozell Adams are among the bigger names that remain available and have plenty of starting experience.

Either way, Colon's potentially serious injury puts another dent into Pittsburgh's offense. After trading receiver Santonio Holmes and having quarterback Ben Roethlisberger serve a conditional six-game suspension, it's the last thing Pittsburgh needs right now.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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