´ Steel Curtain Rising: Limas Sweed Injures Achilles Tendon

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Limas Sweed Injures Achilles Tendon

Perhaps some things are just not meant to be.

Limas Sweed entered the 2008 draft as a potential first round pick, only to fall to the bottom of the second round because of injury concerns. The Pittsburgh Steelers wasted no time in snapping Sweed up when it came their turn to pick in the second round.

Sweed made it onto the field late in 2008, earning a reputation for burning past coverage only to drop perfectly thrown balls, has now suffered another set back. More of the same continued in 2009, including a drop that arguably cost the Steelers the first Cincinnati game.

The Steelers placed Sweed on the non-football injury list, and it is largely believed that this was due to psychological issues that Sweed had as a result of his on the field failures.

The Steelers, clearly did not count on Sweed making a rebound, resigning Antwaan Randle El and drafting Emmanuel Sanders in the 2010 draft’s third round.

Undeterred, Sweed started a new, switched numbers, and prepared to fight for a starting job.

Unfortunately disaster, it appears, has struck again for Sweed, as both the Post-Gazette and ESPN.com are reporting that Sweed injured his Achilles tendon during the Steelers 2010 mini-camp.

An Achilles tendon injury is one of the most serious injuries that an athlete can face, particularly a wide receiver. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but he did leave the Steelers complex on the South Side on crutches.

Anything other than a mild injury would certainly end Sweed’s year and could easily jeopardize his career.

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