The Steelers' quarterbacks will lose their top blind-side blocker for a month. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday morning that starting OLT Max Starks suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's season-opening overtime victory over the Falcons. Starks is expected to be out about one month.
Starks, a seven-year veteran out of Florida, started all 16 games for the Steelers in 2009. Starks left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter and departed the locker room on crutches with a walking boot on his left foot.
Reserve OT Jonathan Scott, a four-year veteran out of Texas who started eight games in '09 for the Bills, replaced Starks.
The way we see it
The Steelers are already without starting veteran ORT Willie Colon who was placed on injured reserve in July after tearing his right Achilles tendon. Now, third-string QB Dennis Dixon will be without both starting tackles, and Starks probably won't be back when starting QB Ben Roethlisberger returns. Scott, though, is a serviceable replacement who got good game experience in 2009.