PITTSBURGH, PA–According to Steelers.com, the Pittsburgh Steelers released offensive lineman Kendall Simmons Thursday. It was the team’s first move of NFL free agency.
According to the report, Simmons, a graduate of Ripley High School and a first-round selection by the Steelers in the 2002 draft, was let go after missing most of the 2008 season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Simmons suffered the injury Sept. 29 during the first half of the Steelers’ game against the Baltimore Ravens.
amp”Kendall was a big part of both championships though his play this season was limited due to injuries,amp” said Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert. amp”And all indications are that he will make a full recovery from his injury at some point. It’s still undetermined what that point will be. We had to make some decisions as to try to figure out when he would be available and if we could afford to basically carry it.amp”
Simmons signed a four-year contract extension with the team in 2007.
According to the report, Colbert said that while the move was necessary, it was not an easy decision. Colbert expected Simmons to eventually be ready for the 2009 season, but because the team didn’t know when, the move was needed for financial reasons.
amp”We don’t like doing these things,amp” said Colbert. amp”He is recovering from a pretty serious injury and indications are that he will be available at some point for the ’09 season. It’s hard to determine when that will be and we felt we could use the maneuverability in the cap even though it doesn’t give us immediate cap relief.amp”