PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton will have surgery on his left anterior cruciate ligament.
Hampton suffered the injury in Pittsburgh’s playoff loss at Denver. Originally it appeared Hampton would not need surgery, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday afternoon that an operation is needed on his ACL.READ MORE: Police: Toddler Accidentally Shot And Killed With Unsecured Gun In Home
This news comes just one day after fellow veteran nose tackle Chris Hoke announced his retirement after 11 years with the Steelers organization.READ MORE: Woodland Hills HS Principal: 'Any Student Who Makes False Threats, Reports Will Be Disciplined'
The surgery is Hampton’s second on his left knee and it could hamper his chances of returning to Pittsburgh next season. The front office has major decisions to make to get under the salary cap for 2012, and Hampton’s $4.89 million area big hit in that department.MORE NEWS: Remember, Reflect At Tree Of Life: Commemorating The 11 Lives Lost 3 Years Ago In Synagogue Shooting