Pittsburgh Steelers WR Limas Sweed Injures Achilles During Mini-Camp

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIMay 2, 2010

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 13: Limas Sweed #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a catch as Karlos Dansby #58 and Bryant McFadden #25 of the Arizona Cardinals make the tackle during a preseason NFL game August 13, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Update: Sweed had surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon on Monday, expected to be out 4-6 months.

After missing three games at the end of last season due to an 'undisclosed illness' which he claimed to be "personal issues," second-year Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver Limas Sweed injured his left ankle on Sunday the Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin told the media.

"He just suffered what appears to be an Achillies injury," Tomlin said on Sunday after the second-round pick wide receiver out of Texas went down during a pad-less mini-camp practice, then was carted off the practice field. He was seen leaving the practice facility on crutches.

"I will have more information in regards to that, probably as early as tomorrow (Monday)," Tomlin said.

In most cases an Achilles injury is very serious and a ruptured Achilles tendon could end up keeping Sweed out the entire season, depending on the severity of the injury.

With another four months until the start of preseason games, there's a chance he could have enough time to recover, but at this point the condition of the injury is still not yet known.

A ruptured Achilles tendon could require up to eight months to fully recover from, and even then there is no guarantee he would be able to run as he did before the injury.

Sunday marked the end of the first weekend mini-camp that included the Steelers' No. 1 draft pick Maurkice Pouncey, a center out of the University of Florida as well as many of the other draft picks from the 2010 NFL draft.

The mini-camp was without two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as a league imposed suspension will keep him out of all practices as late as week seven of the regular season, the length of which comes at the discretion of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Newly acquired quarterback Byron Leftwich, who played with the team two years ago, seems to be poised as the starter for the upcoming 2010 NFL season, at least until Roethlisberger comes back from his suspension.

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