The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line got weaker this week as the team put left tackle Max Starks on season ending injured reserve.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be personally feeling the loss of Starks.
The Steelers have already been without their right tackle Willie Colon as he suffered a Achilles tendon injury back in June. Fortunately, they were able to find a suitable replacement as offensive tackle Flozell Adams was available after getting cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
This time things are different as it is the middle of the season and any decent offensive lineman that was available is gone.
So, what will the Steelers do?
The most likely answer is moving Adams from right to left tackle. The reason being is that Adams played left tackle last year for the Cowboys, so he should be to handle the job.
Then start offensive tackle Jonathan Scott at the right tackle. Scott last year for the Bills wasn’t very good, but with being the right tackle the Steelers will be able to use tight ends and running backs to help him out.
Still Roethlisberger is going to take a lot of hits as there will be times that Scott will get beat, along with communication breakdowns.
In the end, if the Steelers cannot find a way to protect Big Ben they can kiss their Superbowl hopes goodbye.