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Report: Steelers OLT Starks could be done for season

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By PFW staff

The Steelers could be without another starting tackle after Monday night's injury to OLT Max Starks.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Starks has a serious neck injury and consulted with doctors late Tuesday to determine if surgery is required.

Starks left the game with "stingers" in his neck. He returned but then left for good. An MRI showed it was more serious than a stinger.

Starks, a seventh-year veteran, has been the starter at left tackle the past three seasons. The Steelers lost starting ORT Willie Colon to an injury in June.  

Steelers CB Ryan Clark tweeted late Tuesday, "Prayers and thoughts with Max Starks. He's going to be missed. Injuries are a terrible part of this game."

The way we see it

This would be a real tough blow for the Steelers. OT Jonathan Scott, who filled in at times when Starks was banged up earlier this season, will likely take his place. Scott has experience, with 15 career starts over four seasons, and he has played in all eight games this season with one start. With Flozell Adams starting at ORT, the Steelers will be essentially starting two backups at the tackle position the rest of the way. OG Trai Essex has battled injuries this season, and rookie C Maurkice Pouncey got dinged up on Monday. The Steelers, an AFC favorite, have the Jets, Ravens and Browns left on their schedule still, all teams with a solid pass rush.

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