If it was not bad enough that right tackle Willie Colon tore his Achilles on Wednesday, he lost in the free agent game as well when the owners and players\’ union failed to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement by the beginning of March. Colon was sheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, but the lack of a new deal triggered a clause that pushed from five to six the years of service a player has to accrue before he can become an unrestricted free agent. Colon was tendered a one year deal by the Steelers instead as a restricted free agent this offseason and still won\’t be able to test the open market until after the 2011 season. This coupled with his injury means Colon likely will never hit his big pay day in his career.
Lost in the news of the Willie Colon injury on Monday, was the report that burglars targeted the home of Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton in Point Breeze and stole several items. Hampton was out of town and no arrest have been made.
Steelers rookie fifth-round draft pick offensive lineman Chris Scott was one of three 2010 draft picks missing from NFL Rookie Symposium on Monday. Colts cornerback Kevin Thomas and Giants safety Chad Jones were the other two players listed as missing, although excused. Scott\’s absence was excused as well, but the reason is unknown. All three players can make up for their absence through programs offered by their respective teams.
Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians admitted this weekend he spends a lot of time together with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and says the two play a lot of golf together.
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Speaking of golf and Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers quarterback, who had befriended John Challis during his battle with cancer, was among 99 participants at the third annual John Challis Courage for Life Foundation Golf Outing at Chartiers Country Club Monday.
Yahoo Sports Jason Cole ranks the Steelers defense 6th in the league in his Yahoo rankings column on Monday. Cole ranks the Ravens defense 2nd overall.