Max Starks has high ankle sprain

Updated: September 13, 2010, 2:35 PM ET
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The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for three more weeks. The team's starting left tackle might be out of action for that long, too.

Max Starks, who suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons, could be sidelined a month, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

However, another source familiar with the situation said it's conceivable Starks could be back in a few weeks.

Starks was seen in a walking boot after Sunday's game.

"I've had this happen before, so it's nothing new," Starks told the Beaver County Times on Sunday. "Hopefully it'll heal fast and it's nothing more than a week. It could have been a lot worse and I'm glad it wasn't. I'm going to do everything they tell me to do to make sure I'm ready to go as soon as possible."

Jonathan Scott played left tackle after Starks' injury.

"It's unfortunate for Max to go down like that and hopefully he can get back quick," quarterback Dennis Dixon told the Beaver County Times on Sunday. "But obviously this team has total confidence in J-Scott and we're looking forward to whenever he does play."

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