Steelers put CB Colclough on IR with neck injury

Updated: October 7, 2006, 8:00 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ricardo Colclough will miss the rest of the season because of a neck injury that apparently developed during the bye week.

Colclough's fumbled punt on only his fourth career return led to Cincinnati's pivotal score in the Steelers' last game, a 28-20 loss to the Bengals on Sept. 24.

He did not report having any neck problems last week but, after returning from the weekend off, he complained of having a sore neck.

Colclough practiced during non-contact drills for two days and initially was listed as questionable for Sunday night's game at San Diego, but said he feared the injury was "serious." When tests revealed a nerve problem, the Steelers placed him on the injured reserve list Saturday and promoted rookie cornerback Anthony Madison to the 53-man roster.

"We really don't know how" he was injured, coach Bill Cowher said. "It's something he's been feeling for a week."

The Steelers pulled Colclough off their punt return team even before the injury. Rookies Willie Reid and Santonio Holmes will divide the returns Sunday.

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