Steelers tackle Max Starks has a serious neck injury involving a disc and may not play again this season.
Starks was consulting with doctors late today to determine if the injury required surgery, or if it would heal over time without surgery using physical therapy instead, a source close to Starks told the Post-Gazette.
The source emphasized that the injury does not threaten Starks career.
Starks, the Steelers starting left tackle, left Monday night's game in Cincinnati with what coach Mike Tomlin described as "stingers" in his neck. He returned to play but then left the game for good. Tomlin again described Starks' injury as a "stinger" at his press conference today.
But an MRI later showed it to be a more serious injury of a disc in the upper verterbrae or neck area.
Starks, 28, is in his seventh season with the Steelers. He has started the past three seasons at left tackle and also started two seasons at right tackle.
The Steelers lost their starting right tackle, Willie Colon, to an injury in June.
Sports writers Dan Gigler and Gerry Dulac contributed to this story. Ed Bouchette can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .