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    Default Steeler Nick Eason has two surgeries; appendix & colon.

    Nick Eason was set to be one of the key reserves for the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line this year especially with the retirement of Travis Kirschke this off-season. Unfortunately for Eason he was recently hospitalized and had two surgeries to remove his appendix and part of his colon. The second surgery to remove part of the colon was because Eason had waited so long to have his appendix removed that bacteria began to seep into his colon.

    The Tribune Review reports that Eason is targeting the beginning of training camp to be back on the field even though the hospitalization caused Eason's weight to drop to 285. Last season he was listed at playing at 305 pounds, so he essentially lost around twenty pounds. Eason says hopefully this will be a blessing for him in terms of eating better and playing at a lower weight. This could be a bigger story line than we currently are thinking, as Eason's roster spot is certainly not guaranteed especially with young Ra'Shon Harris waiting in the wings.

    Eason signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an unrestricted free agent on April 16 2007. In his first season with the team, he played in all 16 games and recorded 14 tackles. In 2008, the Steelers resigned Eason to a 2-year contract.[2]

    Eason was released on October 3, 2009 after the Steelers signed Isaac Redman from their practice squad, then re-signed when Redmam was waived on October 5.[3] Eason was promoted to the main roster and started in place of the injured defensive end Brett Keisel. In week 17, the final game of the regular season, he had 4 tackles (including a critical tackle for a 3 yard loss on Ricky Williams) against the Dolphins. Perhaps because of Eason's tackle, the next play was a pass from 4th string quarterback Tyler Thigpen that was intercepted, which allowed the Steelers to run out the clock and win a very close game that they needed in order to finish the disappointing season with a winning record.
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