View Full Version : Colon could've played in 2010

10-30-2010, 01:32 PM
I like Willie... I REALLY hope they re-sign him and put him back to RG. Imagine Starks, Kemo, Pouncey, Colon, Flozell. Our line ould probably be the largest in the league. Imagine our run blocking! :thinking:


Steelers right tackle Willie Colon, considered the team's best offensive lineman, is mending so rapidly after injuring his Achilles tendon in June that he could have returned later this season.

But Colon was placed on injured reserve when he got hurt four months ago and, by rule, can't play until next year.

When defensive end Aaron Smith suffered a partially torn tricep muscle this past Sunday, the Steelers opted not t place him on injured reserve in hopes he could return this season.

But Colon's case was more severe.

"When you get hurt, you don't know how to respond to it," said Colon, who resumed running this week. "But after doing some of the things and feeling good about it, the thought comes, 'maybe I could have come back this year.' I think now I could have been back before the playoffs. I feel that way."

Colon said the realization he could have possibly played this season is deflating. He had started 54 consecutive games (including the playoffs) and never missed a game because of injury.

"My (teammates) made the comment they're kind of mad they put me on injured reserve after watching me do the shuttle runs," said Colon, who completed six shuttle runs and 10 figure-8's without complications for the first time at Wednesday's practice.

The recovery period for an Achilles tendon injury is normally nine-to-12 months.

"I was surprised when I woke up (Thursday) morning," Colon said. "I thought I was going to be aching. It felt good."

Colon has remained close to the team during his rehabilitation. Players with season-ending injuries don't normally travel with the team, but Colon hasn't missed a game this season and will attend Sunday night's matchup in New Orleans.

"Part of my rehabilitation is being around the guys mentally," Colon said. "It's easy to get lost when you come in rehabbing, and you're out the door. I go to meetings every morning. I go through the game plan with the guys. We hang out together. That keeps me mentally grounded.

"Coach (Mike) Tomlin has been really supportive of letting me be around the guys. It's great to be wanted."

Still, there are times when Colon feels like an outsider. Not only is he unable to contribute on the field, he knows he may not be with the Steelers next season.

Colon signed a $2.5 million restricted free agent tender. If a new collective bargaining agreement isn't in place by March 1, Colon will be a restricted free agent again in 2011.

Veteran Flozell Adams, who signed a two-year deal before the season, has replaced Colon at right tackle.

"I consider these guys family, and I want to be back with my family," Colon said. "But you've got to wait and see. The Steelers operate in a different fashion. They deal with you when they're ready to deal with you. When they're ready to talk, they'll talk. Until then, you've got to sit in the waiting room with everybody else.

"It's about being patient. If I'm not here, wherever I'm at, the big picture is being back 100 percent and being able to do the things I was able to do when I was healthy."

10-30-2010, 09:59 PM
Colon was an underrated player for us, and while he was much better suited at Guard in most of our opinions, he was a capable Tackle. I'm not complaining about Flozell at all, he's coming along and getting better every week. In the case of an injury like Colon has, it's normally a lot longer recovery process so most times there is no alternative but to place them on IR.

10-31-2010, 08:41 AM
Maybe he could have played, maybe he could not have played. It's too big of a risk to take. Steelers had no chance of knowing that he would have rehabilitated so fast, and you just don't waste a roster spot like that, before the season starts.

10-31-2010, 10:16 AM
Colon should be at Guard, I didn't think he was especially great at Tackle. NO ONE would have thought he would have recoveresd in less that 6 months from a achilles tendon injury. Greg Lloyd tore his and he was NEVER the same player. Injuries are tricky things, some people recover fully and very quickly and some do not very fast or have complications.
The Steelers did the prudent thing by IR Colon. I know they hope that A Smith can return for the playoffs, but they are taking a huge risk that I hope pays off, but it is a HUGE RISK!

10-31-2010, 10:28 AM
I think it was the right thing to put him on IR. He needs to take the year and heal soundly. I don't think Flo has another year as a starter in him. I have been watching him this season. He starts strong but is having difficulty with speed rushers and sustaining blocks especially near the end of the game.