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Old 10-14-2009, 09:31 AM   #1
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Default Aaron Smith OUT for season placed on IR

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Aaron Smith placed on IR
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

By BOB LABRIOLA
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During his regular weekly news conference yesterday, Coach Mike Tomlin revealed that Aaron Smith had injured his right shoulder, and that the situation “potentially could be significant.”

It turned out to be precisely that, and the Steelers placed Smith on the injured reserve list because of the shoulder injury. The injured reserve list means Smith’s season is over.

When asked yesterday about the team’s options in light of Smith’s injury, Tomlin said, “The usual suspects. Travis Kirschke, Nick Eason and Ziggy Hood.”

To take Smith’s spot on the roster, the Steelers signed Sonny Harris from the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad. Harris was the Steelers’ sixth-round draft pick last April, and when he came to training camp the hope was that he would develop sufficiently to contribute as a practice squad player as a rookie.

But after a summer in which Harris showed consistent improvement and concluded the preseason in Carolina with a nice game that included a sack, the Panthers claimed him when the Steelers put him on waivers. Because of needs at other positions, Harris subsequently was waived and signed to the Carolina practice squad. The Steelers also had plans to work out veteran Orpheus Roye.

As the team’s most recent No. 1 draft choice, Hood naturally is attracting the most attention, and Tomlin was asked about the rookie’s readiness for an expanded role.

“He has played in just about every football game he’s had a helmet on,” said Tomlin. “He has played on special teams in some games, he has had more defensive snaps in others. He played a pretty significant portion of the game this past week (in Detroit). He’s a young guy who’s on the come. He’s got a lot of talent. He’s not out of the oven yet, if you will. We acknowledge that, he acknowledges that. As long as we continue to do that, he’ll continue in the right direction. He’ll continue along those lines in terms of participation, but by no means is Ziggy Hood a potential replacement for Aaron Smith at this point. It will probably be a committee of bodies trying to fill that void.”

Make no mistake, no Aaron Smith creates a void. Smith has been with the Steelers longer than any players except Hines Ward and Deshea Townsend and long has been considered a key ingredient to the Steelers 3-4 alignment.

When Smith was injured late in the 2007 and was forced onto the injured reserve list after the seasons 13th game, the Jaguars, Rams and Ravens rushed for 224, 90 and 180 yards, respectively over the last three weeks of the regular season. Smith’s teammates regularly call him the most underrated player on the defense.

Through five games this season, Smith had 13 tackles, two sacks and 14 pressures, and he also blocked a field goal attempt during the Steelers’ 13-10 win over Tennessee on Sept. 10.
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:33 AM   #2
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Default Re: Aaron Smith OUT for season placed on IR

Put in the next guy and move forward.

Hopefully, he can come back 100% next year!
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:33 AM   #3
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Default Aaron Smith on the IR out for the season, but this time it's different

In 07 when Aaron went down we didn't have a first round pick to rotate in.
Sonny Harris was also signed from Carolina's practice squad.
There will be a dropoff, but it won't be as bad as having just Nick Eason
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:41 AM   #4
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God Damn it!
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:47 AM   #5
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Nooooo!!!!
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:58 AM   #6
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Default Re: Aaron Smith OUT for season placed on IR

It's time to get Ziggy with it.
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Default Re: Aaron Smith OUT for season placed on IR

HUGE, HUUGE blow to the Defense. As good as Eason, Kirschke, and Hood are, they just cant replace Smith. Hes a Force on that line. Lets just hope the replacements can catch up to the program since its still early in the season.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:16 AM   #8
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In 07 when Aaron went down we didn't have a first round pick to rotate in.
Sonny Harris was also signed from Carolina's practice squad.
There will be a dropoff, but it won't be as bad as having just Nick Eason
I like the optimism for sure, having 2 of our top 3 defensive players out just might light a fire under the rears of the rest of the D. Cleveland is a good start for Ziggy since it will be more like a scrimmage than a real game.
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God Damn it!
Is that really necessary. Do you really know what you are saying! It's not God's fault that Aaron tore his rotator cuff.
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Default Re: Aaron Smith OUT for season placed on IR

This is the last thing I wanted, but think we are better suited for this than the last time.

The one good thing is that Harris is back on the team, something many of us hoped for, and will have a legitimate chance to to earn a spot on this team.

Get yourself well Aaron.
Give um hell Sonny.
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