The Pittsburgh Steelers were dealt another big blow Wednesday morning, as Max Starks’ season officially came to an end.

According to the Steelers, Starks was placed on injured reserve after suffering a neck injury during Monday’s 27-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The seven-year veteran will require surgery and is expected to make a full recovery in time for the 2011 season.

On Tuesday, Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette was on The FAN to break the news that the injury could put an end to his year.

The Steelers confirmed that Chris Scott would be the guy to replace Starks and have activated him from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Scott was selected by the Steelers in the fifth round of this year’s NFL Draft.

The Steelers have now lost their two starting offensive tackles. Earlier this season, the team placed Willie Colon on the injured reserve list (torn Achilles tendon). The team has the options to replace Starks: 1. Jonathan Scott 2. Tony Hills 3. Move Flozell Adams back to left tackle (his natural position).

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