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Old 01-26-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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Default Hampton Having ACL Surgery Tomorrow

Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton said he will have surgery Friday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury he sustained in the season-ending playoff loss in Denver.

The Steelers had indicated that Hampton would not need knee surgery, but the five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today he will have the surgery to repair his ACL

Ed.B. of the P-G walks through the possibilities

It looks as though the Steelers need a nose tackle all of a sudden. I've suggested they could move Ziggy Hood there. They also could draft 6-5, 350-pound Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe. One way or another, however, they need a nose tackle. Even if Hampton comes back and is healthy for the 2012 season, they need to groom his successor. Maybe that will be Steve McLendon, maybe it will be Ziggy Hood but a torn ACL for a player of Hampton's years is not the ideal way to go into the season. If he's a quick healer, he'll be ready by the end of July. If not, he might not be ready to open the season in September.
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