Wednesday, December 12, 2012

More injury misery for unlucky Colon

Injury problems continue to dog Pittsburgh Steelers’ left guard Willie Colon who is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Colon returned to action against the San Diego Chargers but was forced to leave the pitch in the second quarter after aggravating the problem with his left knee that had forced him to miss the previous two games.

Center Maurkice Pouncey moved to left guard when Colon left the game and Doug Legursky came in to play center.

Pouncey was clearly upset when talking about Colon’s injury woes, saying: "For him to be dealing with that for the last couple of years, and now we don't know how this thing is going to turn out ... I feel terrible for him."

In 2010, Colon did not play at all after sustaining an Achilles injury in the summer and last year he torn his triceps in the first game of the season against the Baltimore Ravens which sidelined him for
the rest of the campaign.

Colon has been with the Steelers since 2006, having played college football for Hofstra University, but has made only 51 appearances for the team.

The 29-year-old was part of the Pittsburgh side that won the Super Bowl in 2008 after which he was handed a one-year deal worth $2.2million before, in July 2011, penning a five-year deal worth $29million.

The Steelers had hoped that summer signing David DeCastro would be their first-choice left guard this season but he suffered a serious knee injury in Pittsburgh’s third pre-season game in August.

The 22-year-old was considered to be the top guard prospect available in this year’s draft but has not
played since picking up the injury against the Buffalo Bills which happened when team-mate Marcus Gilbert fell on his right leg.

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