Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Haley doesn't rule out Starks for Sunday
By Jamison Hensley
LATROBE, Pa. -- Seven months ago, left tackle Max Starks had surgery on his ACL. Just 30 days ago, Starks wasn't even on the Steelers.
Now, he has a chance to play in Sunday's preseason game against the Colts. While it's more likely Starks will wait until the third preseason game, it's impressive that the Steelers can even think about using him at this point in the preseason.
The two other Steelers who tore their ACLs late in the season -- running back Rashard Mendenhall (in regular season finale) and nose tackle Casey Hampton (in the playoff game like Starks) -- remain on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
"I wouldn't rule him out. We got to see how he does," offensive coordinator Todd Haley said of Starks. "If he gets a couple of good practice days and he's feeling good, I wouldn't say anybody is ruled out right now."
The Steelers can use some help on the offensive line. With rookie Mike Adams out a couple of weeks with a knee injury, Marcus Gilbert has gone from right to left tackle and Ramon Foster has moved from left guard to right tackle. Willie Colon, who was sidelined for the preseason opener, will start at left guard.