Former Hawkeye Eric Steinbach to miss entire 2011 NFL seasonPosted: August 30, 2011
Former Hawkeye and current Cleveland Brown offensive lineman Eric Steinbach will miss the entire 2011 NFL season after undergoing back surgery Tuesday to repair a bulging disk.
Steinbach served as an extremely durable anchor for the Browns offensive line, playing each of the last two seasons without missing a single game. Over the past eight seasons, Steinbach has started 124 games.
The former Hawkeye’s quickness and ability to open holes translated into success for Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who ran for a career-best 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
Steinbach earned Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in 2002, and was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He’s been with the Browns since 2007.