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BigRob
02-11-2011, 06:31 AM
He's not getting paid by the Steelers, or anyone for that matter I bet after this circulates around a little more:

http://www.emaxhealth.com/1275/2/35136/ ... reers.html (http://www.emaxhealth.com/1275/2/35136/achilles-tendon-rupture-ends-many-nfl-careers.html)

"An Achilles tendon rupture sends more than one third of National Football League (NFL) players to the sidelines permanently, according to a new study published in Foot & Ankle Specialist. NFL players who do return to the playing field after having suffered an Achilles tendon rupture experience about a 50 percent reduction in their power ratings.

It appears that an Achilles tendon injury lives up to the ancient myth for NFL players. According to the story, Achilles’ mother, Thetis, tried to make her son immortal by dipping him in the river Styx. Her mistake was to hold him by one heel as she dunked him and then neglecting to dip him a second time to get the heel wet. Therefore the untouched part stayed vulnerable. Today, any weak point in the body is called an “Achilles’ heel.”

The Achilles tendon is the strong fibrous cord that connects the muscles of the calf of the leg to the heel bone. If the Achilles tendon is overstretched, it can rupture either partially or completely. A rupture can feel like a snap or pop, followed immediately by a sharp pain in the back of the ankle and lower leg that makes it impossible to walk properly or at all. The pain can be severe, and swelling develops near the heel. Victims of an Achilles tendon rupture are unable to bend the foot downward or to push off the injured leg when they try to walk. With a partial rupture, individuals may still be able to move the foot and the pain and swelling are less severe.

In the new study, investigators wanted to explore the epidemiology of Achilles tendon ruptures among NFL players and determine the impact of these injuries on their performance. Researchers evaluated data on NFL games, statistics, and injuries and identified players who had sustained a complete Achilles tendon rupture. For those players, the researchers compiled information on their position, age, how long they played in the NFL, and performance statistics from both before and after the injury.

The investigators found that nearly 36 percent of players who had suffered a complete Achilles tendon rupture never returned to play in the NFL, and those who did return were never able to meet their pre-injury levels of performance.

Surgery is the treatment for a complete Achilles tendon rupture. According to the Mayo Clinic, the procedure generally involves making an incision in the back of the lower leg and stitching the torn tendon together. Patients need to wear a walking boot, cast, brace or splint for about six to eight weeks post surgery. Rehabilitation involves physical therapy exercises designed to strength the leg muscles and Achilles tendon. Although most people can return to their former activity level within four to six months, this unfortunately is not the case for NFL players who have sustained an Achilles tendon rupture.

SOURCES:
Mayo Clinic
Parekh et al. Foot & Ankle Specialist 2009; 2(6): 283"

SidSmythe
02-11-2011, 07:00 AM
I can see a speed player having issues with this more than an O-Lineman.
Guess time will tell

BigRob
02-11-2011, 07:19 AM
I can see a speed player having issues with this more than an O-Lineman.
Guess time will tell

Considering the article talked about losing 50% of power, I see it as a major issue for an O-lineman going against explosive players like Clay Matthews.

steeler_george
02-11-2011, 08:18 AM
I hope that I am wrong, but I was thinking that he was done from day one, just like Kendle Simmons. An Achilles tear is an athlete's biggest nightmare. Even if it heals, it will never be close to the point of preinjury. Even if cleared by experts and doctors, as an GM, I would not put it to the bank and have him penciled in as a starter or even a rotation player.

With that injury he could be signed cheap for a year or so, to prove he can compete at a high level. No one is going to sign him big bucks with that big question mark.

In my opion it is time to look else where fast, I hope that they learned from the K. Simmons injury and find an immediate replacement. Take note, it has been two years after K. Simmons went down with the same injury and we are still looking for his replacement.

Was great while it lasted Colon.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
02-11-2011, 08:32 AM
I can see a speed player having issues with this more than an O-Lineman.
Guess time will tell

I guess then it really is good-bye to Sweed?

SteelerNation1
02-11-2011, 08:36 AM
According to the story, Achilles’ mother, Thetis, tried to make her son immortal by dipping him in the river Styx.
:shock: Or maybe he'll be back and be better than ever! Oh Mamma......

frankthetank1
02-11-2011, 08:57 AM
goodbye willie. i hope flozell will be back for another season. he is much better than willie anyways

Oviedo
02-11-2011, 09:01 AM
I can see a speed player having issues with this more than an O-Lineman.
Guess time will tell

Considering the article talked about losing 50% of power, I see it as a major issue for an O-lineman going against explosive players like Clay Matthews.

Leverage for moving him to Right Guard as condition on resigning him.

I'm sure the Steelers medical staff and coaches have a little more info than a writer

steelblood
02-11-2011, 09:13 AM
There is a great chance that he'll never be the same player. There is also a chance that he'll be fine. The Steelers won't sign him to a huge contract.

Oviedo
02-11-2011, 09:20 AM
There is a great chance that he'll never be the same player. There is also a chance that he'll be fine. The Steelers won't sign him to a huge contract.

IMO it is all an advantage to the Steelers in negotiations. I always like it when it is that way.

Shawn
02-11-2011, 12:37 PM
There is a great chance that he'll never be the same player. There is also a chance that he'll be fine. The Steelers won't sign him to a huge contract.

IMO it is all an advantage to the Steelers in negotiations. I always like it when it is that way.

Agreed. We have a luxury here. We will likely obtain Colon's services on the cheap if we really want him. We can use Flozell as the starter and Colon as the back up. We all know Flozell won't make it through a whole year. But, we won't be invested in Colon as a starter. We can look at Colon, allowing him part time work and see where we are at with our RTs.

If the Steelers believe Colon isn't healing like they would like...it wouldn't shock me in the least if they grabbed a RT in the draft.

ScoreKeeper
02-11-2011, 03:22 PM
I can see a speed player having issues with this more than an O-Lineman.
Guess time will tell
I would think it would be harder for an o-lineman.

He carries much more weight and is pushing much more weight against a d-lineman, time after time, after time. An o-lineman has to stay low and gain leverage which puts most, if not all, the pressure on his feet.

SteelBucks
02-11-2011, 04:20 PM
I can see a speed player having issues with this more than an O-Lineman.
Guess time will tell

Considering the article talked about losing 50% of power, I see it as a major issue for an O-lineman going against explosive players like Clay Matthews.

Leverage for moving him to Right Guard as condition on resigning him.

I'm sure the Steelers medical staff and coaches have a little more info than a writer

I doubt they would move him to RG, but a 'Starks - Kemo - Pouncey - Colon - Adams' offensive line doesn't sound bad at all.

Oviedo
02-11-2011, 04:22 PM
I can see a speed player having issues with this more than an O-Lineman.
Guess time will tell

Considering the article talked about losing 50% of power, I see it as a major issue for an O-lineman going against explosive players like Clay Matthews.

Leverage for moving him to Right Guard as condition on resigning him.

I'm sure the Steelers medical staff and coaches have a little more info than a writer

I doubt they would move him to RG, but a 'Starks - Kemo - Pouncey - Colon - Adams' offensive line doesn't sound bad at all.

I think they keep Adams so they may have to if he fits or let him go. Adams played better RT than Colon ever did and he is signed for one more year.

hawaiiansteel
02-11-2011, 04:44 PM
I doubt they would move him to RG, but a 'Starks - Kemo - Pouncey - Colon - Adams' offensive line doesn't sound bad at all.


:Agree

it does have a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

Oviedo
02-11-2011, 04:46 PM
I doubt they would move him to RG, but a 'Starks - Kemo - Pouncey - Colon - Adams' offensive line doesn't sound bad at all.


:Agree

it does have a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

I wouldn't mind having someone with more than two active braincells to replace Kemo. he would be twice as capable as Kemo.

hawaiiansteel
02-11-2011, 04:49 PM
I doubt they would move him to RG, but a 'Starks - Kemo - Pouncey - Colon - Adams' offensive line doesn't sound bad at all.


:Agree

it does have a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

I wouldn't mind having someone with more than two active braincells to replace Kemo. he would be twice as capable as Kemo.


Foster, Legursky and a draft choice can compete with Kemo for the LG position.

Discipline of Steel
02-11-2011, 05:54 PM
Funny thing about our Oline...the more starters got injured, the better they played. Only one starter remained by the Super Bowl and the Oline played its best game...and the remaining starter played the worst of all of them. Sounds like time for an Eniparadoxgma quote.

Congrats Kugler for a fine season!!! :tt1

sentinel33
02-12-2011, 12:39 PM
Colon is the odd man out here. dont even bother. move on. its an opportunity to bring some more quality youth to the line. tough decisions will have to be made. this isnt one of them.
And if Starks cant start, it goes to J. Scott.

Starks
kemo
pouncey
ROOKIE(1st-2nd round)
Adams

J. Scott
Legursky
Essex

Inactives would be C. Scott and Foster.

And the only position thats open is RG, and we only take a RG in round one if pouncey is there. And only a T if he is a top tier player. otherwise go CB and get the RG at the end of Round 2.

Dee Dub
02-12-2011, 03:31 PM
...It appears that an Achilles tendon injury lives up to the ancient myth for NFL players. According to the story, Achilles’ mother, Thetis, tried to make her son immortal by dipping him in the river Styx. Her mistake was to hold him by one heel as she dunked him and then neglecting to dip him a second time to get the heel wet. Therefore the untouched part stayed vulnerable. Today, any weak point in the body is called an “Achilles’ heel.”

Uhhhhhhhhhhh...I'll stick with the word of God. The bible is filled with historical facts and not myths. That works for me.

When ever you start with "According to the story"...you pretty much know it is full of it. :wink:

hawaiiansteel
02-12-2011, 07:02 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 Free Agents Analysis: Willie Colon

by Michael Bean on Feb 12, 2011 2:53 PM EST

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12 days ago: DALLAS TX - JANUARY 31: Willie Colon #74 of the Pittsburgh Steelers wears the Michigan State jersey of teammate Flozell Adams while arriving at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on January 31 2011 in Dallas Texas. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6 2011 at Cowboys Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Earlier today, I posted the list of Pittsburgh Steelers players that will be free agents for the 2011 season. We're of course assuming there will be free agency. It sure doesn't look like free agency will start in early March like it has since the passing of the historic 1993 Collective Bargaining Agreement. But it's safe to say that free agency -- in some shape or form -- will again be instituted in whatever new CBA is hammered out between the NFL owners and the NFLPA. Now, when free agency does again.

2010 Salary: $2,204,240

The back story: Willie Colon entered the NFL in 2006 as a 4th round project out of the University of Hofstra. Born in the Bronx, a rough and tumble urban environment where basketball reigns supreme, Colon was obviously a late bloomer in terms of his exposure to high level competition on the gridiron. The result was extreme struggles early on in his career with the Steelers. After starting two games in his rookie season, Colon was named the full time starter at right tackle in 2007. Even though Max Starks had starting experience on a Super Bowl winning team in '05, Colon got the nod. At the time (yes, I was writing back then), I wondered if the Steelers were decided to start Colon over Starks for financial reasons. Basically Starks' contract was coming up, and if he played an integral role on that '07 team at right tackle, he'd be pretty expensive to retain in free agency. Meanwhil,e the Steelers wouldn't really know what they had in Colon.

Anyway, Colon struggled in '07 and '08. So badly in fact that he became the poster boy for the offensive line's struggles. Most of the criticism was deserved, though folks were perhaps too unforgiving of the fact that he'd never in his life come close to facing the caliber of athletic talent that each NFL team has during his high school and collegiate days. In '09, Colon turned the corner. He wasn't perfect, but he improved dramatically, and by season's end was widely regarded as the team's best offensive lineman.

Unfortunately for Colon, sheer bad luck stood in the way of him signing an unrestricted free agent deal at about this time last year. Under the provisions of the last CBA, Colon's four years of service were no longer enough to qualify him for URFA status. Instead, Colon had to sign a one-year RFA deal last offseason that paid him a nice sum. But make no mistake about it: had Colon entered the league just one year earlier and qualified for URFA after the '09 season, he would have been able to find a suitor willing to offer a multi-year deal in the eight digits, with perhaps as much as $10-$15 million in guarantees.

The BTSC Consensus: Well, there wasn't exactly the same type of consensus amongst you all about what should be done with Colon moving forward. Some thought he should be re-signed; many others thoughts it was time to let him walk. However, the common them I kept reading was something along the lines of: 'let's see how he is injury-wise before offering up any sort of long-term deal.' Well, that's somewhat fair and understandable, but it's also flat-out ignoring the facts. Colon had been one of the asbolute most durable guys on the team and entire NFL from '07-'09. He made 48 consecutive starts in those three seasons, missing not even a single game. He also started all four of the Steelers postseason games during that stretch.

In fact, following the '07 season, Colon earned the top figure in the NFL’s "Performance-Based Pay" system that awards lower-salaried players for playing time. What's that you ask? Well, as part of the 2002 extension to the CBA, a pool of money was allocated for distribution to those players with minimum salaries who saw extensive playing time over the course of the year. Or said differently, guys that provided a huge return on investment to their clubs. Colon has been just that -- an amazing investment for the Steelers because of his durability.

Anyway, in my mind, there is no injury concern with Colon. He suffered a freak injury during OTAs when no pads were even on. And the good news, if there is such a thing with an awful injury like that, is that Colon suffered it in June, meaning he'll have had at least 14+ months of recovery. There's a danger of reaggravating the injury if you rush back to action, but the timetable is more or less perfect for a compelte recovery for Colon in '11.

So, again, Colon is the product of extreme bad luck when it comes to free agency. He was denied a well-deserved windfall after the '09 season, and now he'll likely be denied once more because of a totally random freak injury that really shouldn't have any long-term implications on his ability to play at a high level. At 28 years of age, Colon's window for signing that big contract is running out. This is his time to get paid. If I were Colon and his agent, I'd flat out refuse anything short of 3-years, $14m, $1m signing bonus, another $3.0m guaranteed

What I'd Do: I think Colon is worth keeping, and I think he's worth keeping at roughly the figures I laid out above.

3-years, $14m, $3-4m guaranteed.

The Rooneys are savvy shrewd businessmen, but they're also unwaveringly fair. Colon has three things going for him. He's (1) provided a remarkable ROI to the organization...(2) been a product of unfortunate circumstances (CBA + freak injury) after proving that he'd gotten over his early growing pains and was ready to play at a high level consistently...(3) proven to be locker room gold and one of the team's more popular well-respected guys.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/20 ... llie-colon (http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2011/2/12/1987420/pittsburgh-steelers-2011-free-agents-analysis-willie-colon)