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Hampton, Keisel & Starks Could Need Surgery

By: Chris Gates
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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Nose tackle Casey Hampton, defensive end Brett Keisel and offensive tackle Max Starks all left Sunday’s 29-23 loss to Denver early because of injuries.

Accordingly, all could have surgery to repair their respective injuries.

Hampton and Starks both suffered ACL injuries and Keisel suffered a serious groin injury. All three were evaluated Monday and decisions should come soon on how best to deal with recovery.

“Max Starks had an ACL injury,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said at his season-ending press conference Monday afternoon. “He is getting that looked at here today to determine whether or not surgery will be required. Same can be said for Casey Hampton. He has an ACL injury. He will be evaluated today to see if he will require surgery. Brett Keisel has a significant groin injury. He’s getting that looked at today to see if he will need surgery.

“Our philosophy as we push into the offseason is to attack these issues and to be aggressive in dealing with them. We want to do them sooner rather than later, if procedures are going to be required.”

All three are aging veterans and these injuries and the procedures they require could determine who stays with the team in the future.

Tomlin added that center Maurkice Pouncey (high-ankle sprain) and guard Doug Legursky (shoulder) will be evaluated to see if surgery is necessary for recovery as well.

As usual, Tomlin refused to credit injuries for playing a part in the loss.

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