Tag:Willie Colon
Posted on: September 12, 2011 7:04 pm

Steelers RT Willie Colon could be lost for season

The Steelers could be without RT Willie Colon for the rest of the season. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

If there was a bright spot for the Steelers following their Week 1 whupping at the hands of the Ravens, it was that they emerged from the game embarrassed but injury free. A day later, they couldn't even manage that; according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette, right tackle Willie Colon could be done for the year.

"Steelers Willie Colon has torn triceps, will have surgery Tuesday, per agent Joe Linta to PG. Likely to go on IR," Bouchette tweeted Monday. "Willie is obviously devastated," Linta added. "But he vows to be back and give the Steelers more good years." 

It's amazing how quickly perceptions can change. Two days ago, coming off a spiffy preseason, the Steelers looked like one of the best teams in the league. After a 35-7 drubbing that including seven turnovers against the Ravens, they suddenly look old, vulnerable and middle-of-the-pack. And now it appears that they've lost their starting right tackle, who also missed the 2010 season with an Achilles injury.

Colon entered the offseason as a free agent and there was speculation that he wouldn't return to Pittsburgh. But the team ended up signing him to a five-year, $29 million deal.

As for what this means going forward, well, not much. The Steelers' offensive line has long been a weak link, and losing Colon, while clearly bad news, doesn't automatically doom their playoff hopes. The front office has several options: they can move rookie second-rounder Marcus Gilbert to right tackle (he played there and on the left side during the preseason), give the job to veteran Trai Essex, or get Flozell Adams, who manned the position capably last season, on the horn and gauge his interest in returning to Pittsburgh.

It's not exactly the start the Steelers were looking for, but they're also quite familiar with winning football games with an o-line held together by duct tape. The biggest issue will be if Ben Roethlisberger can withstand the weekly beatings coming his way.

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 6:32 pm

Steelers sign Flozell Adams

Flozell Adams and the Steelers have aggreed to terms, according to a report from Jason La Canfora at NFL.com on Thursday.

Adams, who worked out for Pittsburgh last month , should start at right tackle for Pittsburgh, replacing the injured Willie Colon, who was lost for the year after tearing an ACL during an offseason workout.

Flozell isn't an elite tackle at his age anymore, but he's not that bad either -- were it not for the Dallas Cowboys' faith in Doug Free, it's unlikely he would have even been an option for Pittsburgh to sign.

Additionally, given Adams' ability to run block, he should be provide a boost to a team that will be without Ben Roethlisberger (and therefore a strong passing game) early in the season.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 5:34 pm

Steelers sign a tackle (and it's not Flozell)

It’s official (or virtually official): Flozell Adams will not be a Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. The Steelers put right tackle Willie Colon on IR today (Achilles) and signed former Jet Adrian Jones. A. Jones

Jones was a fourth-round pick in ’04. He started 44 games in New York, was cut in 2007, then reunited with Herm Edwards in Kansas City, where he started 10 games in’08. Last season, he was out of football altogether.
Jones will likely be the No. 2 backup tackle behind Tony Hills, which means he may not be active on Sundays. Jonathan Scott could start at right tackle, though given the rich depth inside, the Steelers would be wise to slide right guard Trai Essex back to his original tackle position.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 6:45 pm

Flozell Adams takes a visit to Pittsburgh

According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com , the Steelers will work out OT Flozell Adams in a possible attempt to replace RT Willie Colon, who suffered an Achilles injury Monday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Colon is out for the year.

Adams is 35 and a five-time Pro Bowler, but he hasn’t played RT since his rookie season in 1998.

From the article:

In 2009, Adams had team-highs in penalties (12), sacks allowed (eight) and quarterback pressures allowed (34). However, the Cowboys coaches valued his play during a season in which he participated in 1,081 snaps. Once the season ended, Adams was let go when the Cowboys elected to give Doug Free the starting job at left tackle.

Adams is nearing the end of his career, but if he can somehow make the transition to the right side of the line, he might be a valuable signing for the Steelers. There doesn’t seem to be much interest in moving LT Max Starks to RT.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:50 pm

Analyzing What the Colon Injury Means

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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Posted on: June 28, 2010 2:14 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 3:44 pm

Colon injures Achilles

According to Adam Caplan of scout.com , Steelers RT Willie Colon suffered an Achilles injury while working out Monday.

Updates, I’m sure, will follow in the next day or two.

UPDATE (3:42 p.m. ET): According to Rapid Reporter Brian Carson , Colon left the Steelers practice facility on crutches, and it's believed he has an Achilles tear - which would end his season. 

--Josh Katzowitz

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