Not that there was ever much doubt, but the season for Steelers tackle Willie Colon is officially over. The black and gold Tuesday placed the 28-year-old on injured reserve, ending his year.
The move came a few hours after he underwent surgery to repair a torn right triceps sustained in a season-opening loss to the Ravens.
This is the second straight year Colon’s season has been cut very short. He missed all of last year after rupturing his Achillies’ tendon in mini-camp, but the team was so confident he would bounce back it signed him to a five-year, $29 million contract in July.
“For Willie, going down two consecutive seasons is a tough blow,” Mike Tomlin said. “We will keep him close and encourage him, and help him through what is going to be a tough time with rehab.”
Rookie Marcus Gilbert will get the first crack at replacing Colon when the Steelers host Seattle on Sunday. Gilbert, taken in the second round of this year’s draft, impressed during the preseason.
“He’s a talented young guy,” Tomlin said of Gilbert. “He doesn’t have a great deal of experience but we are going to give him an opportunity to play and show what he’s capable of.”
The Steelers signed well-traveled veteran Jamon Meredith to fill Colon’s roster spot. Meredith, who played a total of five games for three teams last year, was waived by the New York Giants this month.