Last week the Steelers were told that right guard Darnell Stapleton would be back and ready to go for the season. Let’s just say those plans have changed. Drastically.
Monday the Steelers put their starting right guard from a season ago on the injured reserve list with a knee injury and along with that of course he will miss the season.
Stapleton first injured his left knee during the first week of training camp and had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose cartilage. It seemed that his recovery was going along OK, and even he said that he felt he would be back for the opener vs the Titans.
Today thought, coach Mike Tomlin lowered the boom, saying that Stapleton might need more surgery and he’s done for 2009. With Stapleton out, Trai Essex will begin the season at right guard.
The Steelers also cut wide receivers Martin Nance and Steven Black, safety Derrick Richardson and center Alex Stepanovich.