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    Default Aaron Smith won't go on IR right now

    Oct 26, 2010
    Mike Tomlin: Steelers won't place Aaron Smith on IR right now
    Sean Leahy
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    Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the club will not place DE Aaron Smith on injured reserve yet.

    Smith suffered a torn triceps in Sunday's win at Miami. Teammate James Farrior called it a "heartbreaking" injury after the game.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]But Tomlin said the Steelers would keep Smith on the roster with the hope that he might be able to return to the team late in the year.

    "At this juncture we intend to wait that out," Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.[/HIGH-LIGHT]


    Ziggy Hood, a first-round pick in 2009, will likely step into Smith's spot.

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    Steelers hopeful that Smith can return
    By Scott Brown
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    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    The Steelers are not ruling out defensive end Aaron Smith's return this season though coach Mike Tomlin said today that the 13th-year veteran is out indefinitely with a partially torn triceps.

    Smith, whom the Steelers initially feared had completely torn his triceps in a 23-22 win against the Dolphins, had surgery yesterday on his left arm.

    Smith's return will be contingent upon how quickly he can heal from his third major injury in the last four years. The Steelers ultimately could place Smith on injured reserve if his recovery goes slower than anticipated.

    "At this juncture we intend to wait that out," Tomlin said.

    Nick Eason or Ziggy Hood will start in place of Smith at left defensive end.

    The Steelers will need to add another defensive lineman to their 53-man roster, and Tomlin indicated they will sign Steve McLendon from the practice squad.

    McLendon has played in two games this season.

    In addition to Smith, the Steelers could be without starting defensive end Brett Keisel and outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley Sunday when they play the reigning Super Bowl champions in New Orleans.

    Keisel, who missed the Dolphins game, and Woodley are each nursing hamstring injuries.

    Tomlin said each will be limited in practice this week but added that "we're hopeful that both those guys can play."

    If Woodley is unable to play, Tomlin said the Steelers would be "inclined" to moving inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons outside and start Larry Foote at Timmons' spot.

    The Steelers did get some good news on the injury front as right tackle Flozell Adams is expected to play Sunday night despite spraining his ankle in the Dolphins' game.

    Trai Essex also is expected to return after missing the last four games with a high ankle sprain. Tomlin indicated that Essex will reclaim his starting job at right guard if he practices well this week.

    Doug Legursky has started the last four games at right guard.

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    I like this move and I think the Steelers believe a Super Bowl is a very strong possibility. Getting Aaron Smith back for an AFC Championship game or Super Bowl would be huge for us. So we are talking about 3 months to heal. (End of Januray, beggining of February)

    Not sure about the normal heal time for somethign like this.

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    If it's possible he could come back then yeah. You never know maybe Zig or Eason gets hurts and we are desperate for help. I'm not sure you just throw a guy into the lineup for a champ game otherwise tbh. Gotta look and zig and Eason as starters now.

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    If it's possible he could come back then yeah. You never know maybe Zig or Eason gets hurts and we are desperate for help. I'm not sure you just throw a guy into the lineup for a champ game otherwise tbh. Gotta look and zig and Eason as starters now.

    I think you are already saying what Tomlin is thinking. He said that if things stay the way it is now they will keep Aaron off the I.R. If we get hit by the injury bug in the next few games then he is willing to put Aaron on the I.R. to free up his roster spot.

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    Torn Triceps Tendon – A Rare But Serious Injury
    Asheesh Bedi, MD Oct 25, 2010
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    Last season, we saw Offensive Lineman Damien Cook of the Detroit Lions suffer a season-ending injury on the first day of practice. This past weekend, DE Aaron Smith from the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one. They had sustained a torn tricpes tendon, a potentially career-threatening injury which requires prompt surgical repair and significant rehabilitation to provide them a viable chance at return to play. Unfortunately, Damien and Aaron are not alone, as triceps tendon injuries have had a serious impact on many athlete’s careers.

    The triceps is the powerful muscle on the back of the upper arm that is responsible for straightening the elbow. It attaches to the shoulder blade on one end and to the elbow on the other. It is an important muscle in both everyday activities as well as in athletics. A torn triceps tendon specifically refers to the tearing of the tendon that attaches the powerful triceps muscle along the back of the arm to the tip of the elbow. Triceps ruptures commonly occur with falls onto an outstretched hand or during a block in football, when a sudden force causes the elbow to bend while the triceps muscle is simultaneously contracting and trying to straighten the elbow. The athlete’s body weight is resisted by the triceps contraction, however the force may be too much and the tendon ruptures.

    While a torn triceps tendon is relatively uncommon, they are devastating injuries for athletes when they are missed and go untreated. For this reason, the doctor and athletic trainer must maintain a high index of suspicion. An injured athlete will describe a mechanism of injury where the elbow was forcibly bent while he or she was trying to extend it. There will be tenderness to the touch and swelling where the tendon attaches to the back of the elbow. There will also be weakness when the elbow is extended against resistance. An ultrasound or MRI can be very useful to confirm the diagnosis and specifically identify the location of the tear and degree of retraction of the tendon.

    Complete ruptures of the triceps tendon typically require surgery in athletes who wish to return to play at the prior level of competition. An incision is necessary on the back of the elbow to reattach the tendon directly to bone. If this injury is missed or neglected, the athlete will have significant weakness with elbow extension and may not be able to maintain a block in football or rugby, lift weights, or perform push-ups. We wish Damien Cook an expeditious recovery and look forward to seeing him in action on the football field.

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    My adult son, playing rugby, had this injury in April, reaching to make a tackle.

    The tendon tore loose form his elbow and this bicep/tricep rolled up his arm like a window shade.

    Three months in a cast and marginal capacity after the cast came off and he started hospital rehab.

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    This past weekend, DE Aaron Smith from the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one. They had sustained a torn tricpes tendon, a potentially career-threatening injury which requires prompt surgical repair and significant rehabilitation to provide them a viable chance at return to play.
    Let's hope he does, since we're keeping him on the roster....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCBILL View Post
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    My adult son, playing rugby, had this injury in April, reaching to make a tackle.

    The tendon tore loose form his elbow and this bicep/tricep rolled up his arm like a window shade.

    Three months in a cast and marginal capacity after the cast came off and he started hospital rehab.
    Yikes that was pretty graphic! Sucks!

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    Steelers to rely on defensive line rotation with Smith out

    By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010



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    Injury roll call

    The loss of defensive end Aaron Smith (partially torn tricep muscle) is the latest injury the Steelers have had to weather. Here are other players of note that have been hurt this season:

    Dennis Dixon, QB: Sustained a meniscus tear in his left knee in second game of the season; the Steelers put him on injured reserve.

    Trai Essex, G: Has missed the past four games because of a high ankle sprain but is expected to play Sunday.

    Casey Hampton, NT: Injured his hamstring in season opener and did not play the following week against the Titans.

    Chris Hoke, NT: Sprained his knee in the third game of the season and did not play the following week against the Ravens.

    Brett Keisel, DE: The Steelers are hopeful he can play Sunday after missing the Dolphins game with a hamstring injury.

    Byron Leftwich, QB: Slated to start the first four games of the season because of Ben Roethlisberger's suspension, he sprained his left knee in Steelers' preseason finale.

    Max Starks, OT: Starting left tackle missed one game after spraining his ankle against the Titans.

    As a measure of defensive end Aaron Smith's value to the Steelers, the team is holding his spot on the 53-man roster with the hope that the 12-year veteran can return this season from his third major injury in the past four years.

    Smith had surgery Monday to repair a partially torn tricep muscle in his left arm, and coach Mike Tomlin said he is out for an extended period of time.

    The good news for the Steelers is that Smith did not sustain a complete tear in his tricep as the team initially feared during the 23-22 win at Miami.

    The bad news for the Steelers is they are severely short-handed at defensive end.

    Brett Keisel's status for Sunday night's game against the New Orleans Saints is in question. Keisel did not play against the Dolphins because of a hamstring injury, though he is scheduled to practice on a limited basis today.

    If Keisel is unable to play Sunday, Nick Eason and Ziggy Hood will start at defensive end against the defending Super Bowl champions. The two have nine NFL starts between them.

    Both will play extensively, even if Keisel suits up against the Saints. That's because the Steelers, as Tomlin said in regard to Smith's injury, "have a mix-and-match concept that will hopefully see us through" at left defensive end.

    "Do I expect the guys that take his place to play like Aaron or make similar plays? Maybe not," Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "But they better play winning football."

    Smith's injury presents an opportunity for Hood. The Steelers' first-round draft pick in 2009, Hood excelled during training camp but has been relatively quiet through the first six games of the season.

    Tomlin dismissed an early-season ankle injury as the reason why the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder has not been more productive. Hood has been credited with three tackles this season.

    "Boy, he's got a big-time opportunity to work on that this Sunday," said Tomlin, noting that Hood worked out yesterday, an off-day for players, at the Steelers' practice facility. "Knowing him, I know he will do what's necessary in the process."

    The Steelers will sign a player to bolster their depth along the defensive line, and it most likely will come from their practice squad.

    Tomlin appears to be leaning toward promoting tackle Steve McLendon, who has played in two games this season. Rookie defensive end Al Woods, who is also on their practice squad, is another option.

    The Steelers' approach with Smith is reminiscent of what they did when cornerback Rod Woodson needed reconstructive knee surgery after the first game of the 1995 season.

    Rather than put Woodson on injured reserve, the Steelers kept him on their roster and he returned to play in the Super Bowl.

    The risk for the Steelers in waiting on Smith is that they will have to cut a player and risk losing him to open a roster spot for a defensive lineman.

    The Steelers eventually could put Smith on injured reserve if he doesn't recover as quickly as they hope.

    "Aaron's a quality player, a veteran leader for us," Tomlin said. "If there's hope for his return, then we're going to be as hopeful as long as we possibly can."

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    He's effectively done for the year. I don't see him coming back with any measurable impact.

    In fact, this might be his swan song. Could force him into retirement.
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    As much as I hate to say it, it's time to move forward... the guy just cannot stay healthy, and for that I give him credit (as his style of play dictates his injuries)!!!

    Put him on the IR and move on, he's not gonna be "110%" anytime this season or anytime again!!! Time to cut the cord IMHO!
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    As much as I hate to say it, it's time to move forward... the guy just cannot stay healthy, and for that I give him credit (as his style of play dictates his injuries)!!!

    Put him on the IR and move on, he's not gonna be "110%" anytime this season or anytime again!!! Time to cut the cord IMHO!

    I wouldn't mind having Aaron Smith available for our playoff-run...

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    I think we are mistaking "partially torn" with "torn". Aaron's injury was a partial tear which means everything was in place just loose. Also we don't know the extent of the tear it could be a 1 on a scale of 1 to 5 or it could be a 5 we just don't know.

    I believe the Steelers medical staff would know best as to whether or not Aaron could return this season. If there was any doubt in their minds I am sure Aaron would be on the IR right now.

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    I think with Smith not going on IR, the coaching must have a lot of confidence about this team making it to the playoffs. I know I do.

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