Friday, December 22, 2006
By Colin Dunlap, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rookie offensive right tackle Willie Colon will not just dress for his first NFL game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
He'll go one better. He'll start.
He was named the starter by coach Bill Cowher yesterday.
Colon will play in place of Max Starks, who had knee surgery earlier in the week.
"Certainly, he is excited about the opportunity," Cowher said of Colon, a 6-foot-3, 315-pound Hofstra product from the Bronx, N.Y., who beat out second-year man Trai Essex for the starting job.
Cowher said if the Steelers reach the playoffs, Starks should be available.
"His surgery went well. Max is doing fine," Cowher said. "It was performed by Dr. [Jim] Bradley and Max got through it well."