Since the start of the preseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been uncertain of their plans on the offensive line. An injury to already struggling rookie left tackle Mike Adams made matters more difficult for the Steelers.
In hopes of solidifying the offensive line, Pittsburgh has activated nine-year veteran Max Starks from the physically unable to perform list today. Starks suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the wildcard loss to the Denver Broncos last season, and re-signed with the Steelers last month.
Adams’ knee injury and inconsistent play in the first preseason is what lead to general manager Kevin Colbert activating the University of Florida product. Starks is expected to start practicing with the team on Friday, but will not play in Pittsburgh’s second preseason game versus the Indianapolis Colts this coming Sunday.
In the meantime, the Steelers have moved right tackle Marcus Gilbert to the left side of the offensive line.
I hope that Starks has had enough time to let his surgically repaired knee heal, because playing time in the preseason for him is very important. Starks still has to get use to offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s offense in time for the regular season opener against the Broncos.
The remainder of training camp and the final two preseason games against the Buffalo Bills and the Carolina Panthers will determine whether Starks is healthy enough to start at left tackle while Adams continues to learn and heal from his sprained knee. If this doesn’t pan out as soon as the Steelers hope, then Gilbert will have to be the answer at left tackle possibly for the season.
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