View Full Version : Stapleton , surgery

08-06-2009, 09:49 PM
status update


08-06-2009, 10:16 PM
I think its pretty much given Essex will start the first for weeks of the regular season

08-06-2009, 10:22 PM
i hope essex doesnt keep his patty cake blocking routine... heard he hit the training pretty hard this offseason

just about anybody is an upgrade for stapleton...

08-06-2009, 11:26 PM
After Stapleton pretty much got his *** handed to him by Dockett in the Super Bowl I have no problem what so ever with Essex being the starter. The o-line wont be any worse trust me with Essex being more stronger and in better shape going into this season it might actually be an upgrade...

08-07-2009, 08:25 AM
At this point you might as well experiment on the OL whether you have to or not. If Stapleton can't go then perhaps Essex can be more effective at the Guard position then he was in limited playing time at Tackle.

08-07-2009, 09:33 AM
RUMOR ALERT: Colleague JJ Cooper tipped me about possible signing of center Alex Derenthal today. - Jim Wexell via twitter

about darnell surgery anyone heard what kind? just a scope or is it major...

08-07-2009, 12:34 PM
I think Stapleton is still young even though he has "experience". From every media outlet I read, I hear Essex is having a good camp, so I'd like to see what he can do. As for Alex Derenthal.. who's that?

--- Added 8/7/2009 at 11:34 AM ---

Well, I looked up Alex Derenthal and got this from SI.com

POSITIVES: Hard-working, college blocker with minimal upside for the next level. Plays heads-up football, displays good awareness on the field, and does an outstanding job quarterbacking the offensive line. Keeps his head on a swivel, works well with teammates, and blocks with a nasty attitude, working to hit as many opponents as possible off a single snap. Displays quickness in his all-around game, immediately gets his hands into defenders and jolts them at the point with good punch. Terrific with the shotgun snap, as the ball quickly gets back into the quarterback's hands.

NEGATIVES: Must improve his blocking balance and strength. Gets pushed back off the line by a single defender. Marginal skill in motion.

I guess he could be a good asset.

08-07-2009, 04:16 PM
Derenthal and Alex Stepanovich worked out for Steelers and left. My conclusion is Stapleton won't go on IR, just miss camp. -again Jim Wexel via twitter

08-08-2009, 08:31 AM
Derenthal and Alex Stepanovich worked out for Steelers and left. My conclusion is Stapleton won't go on IR, just miss camp. -again Jim Wexel via twitter

LATROBE, Pa. (AP)—Darnell Stapleton (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/8531/;_ylt=ApRkVuhcIl7oWzAzbNlnR3YdsLYF)(notes) (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/8531/news;_ylt=AsBHmFy1ALRw7lJ3zBX.nMgdsLYF) had surgery on his left knee Friday morning and coach Mike Tomlin said the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/pit/;_ylt=Ap9QyfYF8gDRwdnFid54MrwdsLYF) right guard will be out at least two weeks.
“The surgery was exploratory and they liked what they looked at,” Tomlin said. “We’ll give him a couple of weeks and see how his body responds to it.”

Stapleton, a third-year player from Rutgers who started the final 12 games of the regular season and all three playoff games for the Steelers in 2008, had swelling in the knee earlier this week.
He has not practiced with the team at training camp at Saint Vincent College since Sunday.
With Stapleton out and starting center Justin Hartwig (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6107/;_ylt=AuVvKGawGFyO3MiZOK2rIBkdsLYF)(notes) (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6107/news;_ylt=ArJGJZSl2O4QrqAlYoAdi2UdsLYF) limited by a toe injury, the Steelers brought in two centers for workouts Friday. But both centers, Alex Stepanovich (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6859/;_ylt=AuFkU7eIihzgy4rEHuU2slMdsLYF)(notes) (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6859/news;_ylt=Ar_Pv1WlqJtTRcSB7VLPFe0dsLYF), a six-year veteran who played for the Atlanta Falcons (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/atl/;_ylt=Ap.Zi8WmBd18AvlK02lWUHsdsLYF) last season, and rookie Alex Derenthal left without contracts.update*

08-08-2009, 12:19 PM
Believe he will be down 2-4 weeks.

08-08-2009, 12:36 PM
after watching the last couple days video blogs from the post-gazzette... sounds like its Essex's job now anyways.