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PSU_dropout43
09-14-2010, 01:37 PM
Tomlin: Starks injury not serious; Dixon to start Sunday
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The injury to the left ankle of Max Starks is not as severe as first thought and he may miss only one game, if that, for the Steelers.

Coach Mike Tomlin revealed today that Starks has a normal ankle sprain and not a high ankle sprain, which might have caused him to miss up to a month of the season. Tomlin would not dismiss Starks as being available for Sunday's game in Tennessee.

If Starks does not start, Jonathan Scott would play left tackle against the Titans, Tomlin said.

Tomlin also announced that Dennis Dixon will make his second straight start at quarterback, and that the injury to Byron Leftwich's left knee has improved to the point that the quarterback might work some with the team in practice on Wednesday. Leftwich missed the opener with a sprained MCL that was injured in the final preseason game.
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RuthlessBurgher
09-14-2010, 01:40 PM
Tomlin: Starks injury not serious; Dixon to start Sunday
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The injury to the left ankle of Max Starks is not as severe as first thought and he may miss only one game, if that, for the Steelers.

Coach Mike Tomlin revealed today that Starks has a normal ankle sprain and not a high ankle sprain, which might have caused him to miss up to a month of the season. Tomlin would not dismiss Starks as being available for Sunday's game in Tennessee.

If Starks does not start, Jonathan Scott would play left tackle against the Titans, Tomlin said.

Tomlin also announced that Dennis Dixon will make his second straight start at quarterback, and that the injury to Byron Leftwich's left knee has improved to the point that the quarterback might work some with the team in practice on Wednesday. Leftwich missed the opener with a sprained MCL that was injured in the final preseason game.
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I'd start Tony Hills at LT and keep Scott as the backup swing tackle on gameday.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
09-14-2010, 02:21 PM
I agree Ruth. I think it is time to see what Hills got. I think he deserves that based on his Preseason. Scott should be active anyway with Legursky if Hills starts & Hills will be active if Scott starts. Give Hills a helmet and a start. I'm tired of guessing what we have! :HeadBanger

Djfan
09-14-2010, 02:23 PM
So if Lefty is ready to go in ten days, who do you start? Him or DD?

RuthlessBurgher
09-14-2010, 02:31 PM
So if Lefty is ready to go in ten days, who do you start? Him or DD?

Ask me after the Titan game.

papillon
09-14-2010, 02:32 PM
So if Lefty is ready to go in ten days, who do you start? Him or DD?

At this point, I'd stay with Dixon rather than bring a guy in that hasn't been playing at game speed.

Pappy

feltdizz
09-14-2010, 03:13 PM
So if Lefty is ready to go in ten days, who do you start? Him or DD?

Lefty was hurt because he is a statue in the pocket. Unfortunate injury but this was our concern from day 1. With our OL Lefty will be back on crutches if he tried to play anytime soon

hawaiiansteel
09-14-2010, 03:20 PM
I'd start Tony Hills at LT and keep Scott as the backup swing tackle on gameday.


the Steelers' coaches obviously think Scott plays better at LT than Hills so start Scott and dress Hills as his backup. and if Adams gets hurt, Scott can slide over to RT.

Slapstick
09-14-2010, 03:58 PM
Hills also played some RT in the preseason...

If anything happens to Flozell, God forbid, they would probably just plug in Hills...

steelblood
09-14-2010, 04:16 PM
Did we get a Hampton update?

hawaiiansteel
09-14-2010, 04:22 PM
Starks out


The Steelers will have to start their third new offensive lineman and second new tackle when they play the Titans.

Max Starks has a left ankle sprain. Jonathan Scott replaced him Sunday and will be a candidate to start there in Tennessee.

"As of this point, I believe it's going to remain the way it is," Scott said shortly after the game. "But there's a hierarchy and I just have to go with the flow and be prepared to go when that time comes."

The Steelers signed Scott to a one-year contract in March as an unrestricted free agent from Buffalo, shortly after Mike Tomlin hired former Bills line coach Sean Kugler to be his line coach.

Scott started 14 games in his career that began in Detroit after the Lions drafted him in the fifth round in 2006 from Texas. He had been almost exclusively at right tackle since joining the Steelers, but he started six games at left tackle for the Bills last season.

"I played left tackle during my career," Scott said.

"I prepared to play it in Buffalo and Detroit so it wasn't something that was just sprung up on me."

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cruzer8
09-14-2010, 04:48 PM
So if Lefty is ready to go in ten days, who do you start? Him or DD?

Lefty was hurt because he is a statue in the pocket. Unfortunate injury but this was our concern from day 1. With our OL Lefty will be back on crutches if he tried to play anytime soon

He was hit by his own man. That can happen to anyone.

RuthlessBurgher
09-15-2010, 09:20 AM
I'd start Tony Hills at LT and keep Scott as the backup swing tackle on gameday.


the Steelers' coaches obviously think Scott plays better at LT than Hills so start Scott and dress Hills as his backup. and if Adams gets hurt, Scott can slide over to RT.

No, they obviously think that Scott is the better option as a swing tackle on gameday that can play both LT or RT if either of our tackles get hurt (that is why he dressed for week 1 and Hills did not). But now that Starks is hurt, and they need a fill in at LT, I think that inserting Hills there makes more sense (more of a natural LT), while keeping Scott as the swing guy that can back up both sides. I'd rather not have to make two moves in the middle of a game to fill in for one injured player.

grotonsteel
09-15-2010, 09:56 AM
Any news on Casey Hampton???

I would start Tony Hills over J Scott at LT. Hills looked good in atleast in preseason. I think Hills will dominate Tenn D-linemen.

proudpittsburgher
09-15-2010, 11:24 AM
I saw on ESPN just yesterday that Starks was out up to 6 weeks. So was that report just like all of Shefter's other reports . . . inaccurate.

steelblood
09-15-2010, 03:14 PM
Hills may be a more natural LT, but I think his lack of starting experience could lead to several mental errors (especially on the road). This is the safe choice. Not saying that I approve, but I understand the thinking.


What is going on with Starks. Yesterday, I read that he could play, that he won't play, and that he may be out 6 weeks. What is it already?

hawaiiansteel
09-15-2010, 04:07 PM
Scott may start at left tackle for Steelers against Tennessee

By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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The scenario of reserve left tackle Jonathan Scott protecting quarterback Dennis Dixon's blind side Sunday in Tennessee could very well play out for Steelers.

Starting left tackle Max Starks has a low ankle sprain, making him questionable for the game in which Dixon will make his third career start. The good news for the Steelers is Starks does not have a high ankle sprain, which takes longer to heal.

Starks, who injured his ankle in the third quarter of the Steelers' season-opening victory over Atlanta, will try to practice this week. He could play against the Titans. If he is not able to play, Tomlin said, Scott will start in his place. Tony Hills will likely serve as the Steelers' third offensive tackle.

"We expect (Scott) to play great ball if Max is unavailable," Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.

Quarterback Byron Leftwich, who had been slated to start the four games that Ben Roethlisberger is suspended, will try to practice today on a limited basis. Leftwich has been out since spraining his left knee in the Steelers' final preseason game Sept. 2.

"We're going to see where he is in terms of dressing based on the work that we give him this week," Tomlin said. "Byron is a competitor, and he wants back in. I respect and appreciate that."

Tomlin headed off any potential quarterback controversy by naming Dixon his starter against the Titans, who drilled the Steelers, 31-14, when the teams played in Nashville two seasons ago.

Dixon weathered some shaky moments last Sunday against the Falcons in the Steelers' 15-9 overtime win.

"I thought that he got better as the game went on," Tomlin said. "I thought as the game went on, he was not only making the routine plays but creating a little bit."

Dixon completed 18 of 26 passes for 236 yards and a second-quarter interception that he threw right to Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson.

Dixon had trouble early with what appeared to be routine passes early in the game.

He short-armed throws to wide receivers Antwaan Randle El and Mike Wallace on third down when each were open. The plays would have led to first downs.

After reviewing tape of the game, Tomlin said Dixon was not tentative when mechanical breakdowns caused the third-year veteran to throw passes at the feet of his receivers.

"It's actually the opposite," Tomlin said. "He was in attack mode if you will, and that's encouraging. I would like the throws more on target."

Tomlin said he liked the command Dixon showed in the huddle and how he communicated with the coaches and his teammates.

The dual-threat quarterback did not run much against the Falcons, gaining 4 yards on just two carries.

Dixon could have more latitude to use his legs against an aggressive Titans defense if Leftwich is healthy enough to dress Sunday. Against the Falcons, the Steelers only had one other quarterback, Charlie Batch, in case Dixon got hurt.

"I'm not opposed to him running," Tomlin said. "What I am for is moving the chains and ringing up the scoreboard, so if him running helps us do that I'm all in."

TOMLIN'S TAKE

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on:

Not committing to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger starting when he returns from his suspension during a recent interview with Sirius Radio:

"In order for us to see our way out of this situation, I think it's important that we have a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other mentality. We need to be singularly focused with what's in front of us every step of the way. I refuse to ponder the hypothetical scenarios that wait for us at the end of this situation. Dennis (Dixon) is our guy this week."

Titans running back Chris Johnson, who rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns last Sunday against the Raiders:

"This guy can run through the back of your end zone every time he touches the ball. I thought Oakland was doing a pretty good job for a quarter and a half until he went 76 (yards). Such is the case with a guy like him."

The Steelers' running game last Sunday against the Falcons:

"I thought we left some yards out there, and we're going to try and leave fewer out there this week. I thought it was very physical, but I thought we could be better technically from an assignment standpoint."

The Steelers' overall performance in their season opener:

"That quality of performance, quite frankly, is probably not going to be good enough to secure victory this week in a hostile environment against the Tennessee Titans. From week one to week two we expect all teams, including the one that we're playing, to be better. So we better be better."

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