Updated: June 29, 2010, 10:57 AM ET
Agent: Colon injury 'a nine-month rehab'
By James Walker
Pittsburgh Steelers starting right tackle Willie Colon's worst fears were confirmed Tuesday when medical tests revealed he has a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The injury will knock Colon out for the entire 2010 season.
"It's torn, and he's getting surgery [Wednesday] morning with [team physician] Dr. James Bradley," Colon's agent, Joe Linta, said. "He's expected to have a full recovery, and it's about a nine-month rehab."
Pittsburgh now has to look within the organization or sign a veteran free agent to replace Colon, who started every game for the Steelers the past three seasons.
Some internal options include moving offensive guard Trai Essex to right tackle, or playing backups Jonathan Scott or Tony Hills.
In terms of outside options, veteran offensive tackles Flozell Adams and Levi Jones are among free agents with starting experience that are available.