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Old 08-31-2009, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default looks like Stapleton to IR...

From Jim Wexell.....

jimwexell: Darnell Stapleton just told reporters he's going on IR. Congrats, Doug Legursky

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http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_640878.html

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Old 08-31-2009, 12:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: looks like Stapleton to IR...

Wow...that means he is gone for the year!!!! This will make some people VERY happy.
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:29 PM   #3
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Default Re: looks like Stapleton to IR...

good news because now he won't eat up a roster spot

let him take a year to get healthy

we have quality backups in Legursky, Foster and Urbik so we don't need Stapleton this year
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:35 PM   #4
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Default Re: looks like Stapleton to IR...

Think this means they'll keep Leg, Urbik, Hills and either Foster or Capizzi as backups....i can live with that.
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Default Re: looks like Stapleton to IR...

The Steelers informed Stapleton today that they will place the third-year man on injured reserve.

Stapleton, who started the final 15 games at right guard last season, hasn't practiced since the beginning of training camp. He had arthroscopic surgery at the beginning of August.

He said the injury won't require additional surgery which provided at least a little consolation for Stapleton following the news he received from director of football operations Kevin Colbert.

"It's tough to swallow, to be away from football for a year," Stapleton said. "I'm going to be around the whole time training and getting healthy to come back next year."

The loss of Stapleton all but assures that Trai Essex will open the season as the Steelers' starting right guard.


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This means they definitely wanted the roster spot for someone, if his injury didn't require more surgery.
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WOOHOO!!!! Legursky congrats buddy!!!
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Default Re: looks like Stapleton to IR...

So the O line depth may look like this:

Starters:
Starks, Kemo, Hartwig, Essex, Colon

Reserves:
Hills, Legursky, Urbik, Capizzi, Foster

I think with all the young guys on the roster that they keep 10. I would not be surprised to see them grab a veteran off the waiver wire from another team.
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Default Re: looks like Stapleton to IR...

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So the O line depth may look like this:

Starters:
Starks, Kemo, Hartwig, Essex, Colon

Reserves:
Hills, Legursky, Urbik, Capizzi, Foster

I think with all the young guys on the roster that they keep 10. I would not be surprised to see them grab a veteran off the waiver wire from another team.
I think you are right on the money...I had Foster on my PS...now he makes the team with Stapleton gone.

Better than average chance that we never see Stapleton in Black & Gold again. I also thing that Legursky is starting before the year is over.
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Better than average chance that we never see Stapleton in Black & Gold again. I also thing that Legursky is starting before the year is over.
how do you figure? Stapleton might not start for us again but he will be back as a backup C/G (roster spot opens up next year when Hartwig is gone)

I don't think Legursky will start a single game this year unless there is an injury (I think he will be our starting center next year)
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Default Re: looks like Stapleton to IR...

Welcome to the team, Foster. You certainly got your lucky break.

I also agree that Stapleton's probably seen his last days with us. One of the other guys is going to play better and make us forget all about him. About his only chance is competing for the center job if Hartwig leaves. Although he'll have a lot of competition even for the backup job.
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