Steelers, hoping for answers, re-sign OL Starks

It’s been a disappointing start for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Expectations for the defending AFC Champions were high, yet at 2-2 the team is searching for answers.

Most fans remember the Week 1 horror show, where Pittsburgh was dominated in nearly every way by its arch rival in Baltimore. Since then, the Steelers rattled off back-to-back wins over struggling teams before falling to the Houston Texans on Sunday.

A big part of Pittsburgh’s struggles has been the protection of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, or lack thereof. In four games, Roethlisberger has already been sacked 14 times and, coupled with a sprained left foot and James Harrison’s broken orbital bone, there is uncertainty for the black and gold.

In an effort to find some help for Big Ben, the Steelers announced they have re-signed offensive lineman Max Starks. Starks was let go during the preseason, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, but his veteran presence should help a young offensive unit move forward. From 2004 to 2010, Starks started 68 games for the Steelers and helped the franchise win Super Bowls in 2005 and 2008.

As Hensley also reported, coach Mike Tomlin said he expects Roethlisberger to play Sunday against the Titans, but with the severity of his foot injury in question, the Steelers might rely more heavily on the shotgun formation in order to keep Roethlisberger further away from harm.

“Ben had his foot x-rayed, MRI, thankfully nothing is broken,” Tomlin said. “It is a sprain. It may limit him at the early portions of the week. We anticipate him being able to participate in this football game.”

The Steelers and Ravens don’t meet again until Nov. 6 in Pittsburgh.