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Monday, June 28, 2010

Random Steeler Monday - - Willie Colon

Geez!! It was almost Tuesday before I posted this.  In this installment of RSM I wanted to feature someone that has been a mainstay on the Steelers line for so long.  That player is Willie Colon (not the trombone player).  Willie has had 50 consecutive starts for the Steelers at right tackle.  He has been a fixture here for quite a few years.  Now, his future is uncertain as an apparent Achilles injury during a morning work out could sideline him for the season. 

Achilles injuries are nothing to scoff at.  Back in January, the Foot & Ankle Specialist research publication found that more than a third (36%) of NFL players who sustain an Achilles injury were never able to return.  For those that were able to recover, most players averaged a 50% reduction in their overall power rankings. 

Of course at this point, it is mostly speculation as to what the extent of the damage may be for Willie's Achilles.  As of this afternoon, MRI results were not available.  I think it is safe to say, either way, there is no such thing as a minor Achilles injury. 

In checking with the master lists of cards available for Big Willie, I noticed that he had less than 10 cards total.  Most lists I found for him only show between 3-5.  For the life of me, I can't find a single one in my collection.  Therefore I am going to have to punt here and go without one.  Very strange.  Anyway...anybody know any good right tackles that need a job?

UPDATE:  Well it's official.  We have a Colon blow.  Willie is out for the entire 2010 season with a torn achilles tendon.  What is next for the Steelers?  First Ben is suspended for being accused of but not charged with anything, then they trade Smoke, then they lose Sweed (not really a loss), now Colon.  It seems the season is being flushed down the crapper.  I hope one of these young guys steps it up.

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