Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 2/15/12
If the Steelers weren’t considering taking a Nose Tackle early in this years NFL draft, they may be now.  Veteran Nose Tackle Casey Hampton had surgery on his left knee last month to repair a torn ACL he suffered in the wild card game in Denver. This is the 2nd surgery Hampton has had on that knee in his career. Bill Cowher originally drafted the big snack back in 2001 and he’s been the anchor of the Steelers defensive line ever since, playing in 157 games in his career.  Traditionally a team that runs the 34 defense like the the Steelers do, rely on a big player like Hampton to control the center of the line and free up the linebackers to make plays.  A 5 time pro bowler, #98 has done his job consistently and helped Dick Lebeau’s group remain in the top percentage of the league in rush defense year in and  year out. Traditionally an ACL injury takes about 9 months to heal so if there is a silver lining it’s that Hampton will have all offseason to rehab and recover from the surgery....
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