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fordfixer
07-27-2011, 12:47 AM
Lockout likely didn't alter Steelers' routine
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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The re-opening of NFL facilities to players brought a trickle and later a steady stream of Steelers to team headquarters Tuesday.

Players didn't do much beyond getting physicals, but for Brett Keisel, the day represented an end to his summer of boating, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

And the veteran defensive end was OK with that.

"This time of year, subconsciously, your body's telling you it's time to get back to work," Keisel said.

Plenty of work lies ahead for Keisel and the Steelers with the team prepared to report to training camp Thursday at St. Vincent. But relative to other teams that have or will experience significant turnover, the Steelers are in good shape.

Their coaching staff returns largely intact as do most of their starters on offense and defense from the team that made it to the Super Bowl last season.

The lockout, which ended Monday after wiping out all offseason practices, will adversely affect the Steelers less than most teams.

"I think we're one of those teams that can go to camp and be on the practice field the next day and be able to run our whole defense, really," said Keisel, who made the Pro Bowl as an alternate last season. "A lot of us have been here for a long time, so hopefully, that's going to be a benefit for us."

"The lockout ended up helping us," said wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who spent much of the offseason training in his native Texas. "The lockout ended up helping us. We had a bunch of guys in their 30s, so they got an opportunity to rest and come back strong."

What should become apparent late tomorrow afternoon is which players didn't let their conditioning lag during the lockout. The Steelers will open camp with a 4 p.m. conditioning test.

"I'm sure we'll have a few guys that will be out of shape, but there's plenty of guys on this team that are hungry and want to get back to the Super Bowl again and understand that it takes a good offseason of training and getting your body ready to go again," Keisel said. "I have confidence in our team that they've done that."

He has no doubt that at least one of his teammates will be in top physical condition and that is All-Pro linebacker James Harrison, one of the first players to arrive at Steelers headquarters yesterday morning.

"He's one of hardest working guys I've ever been around in my life, which is why he's one of the best players I've ever been around in my life," Keisel said.

Harrison caused a major stir earlier this month with comments he made during an interview for a story in Men's Journal magazine. In addition to bashing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Harrison criticized quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Rashard Mendenhall.

"I think his words got misinterpreted," Keisel said. "I think mix and match quotes maybe. I think all the guys know James would never do something like that to criticize his own teammates."

Note: The Steelers have contacted the agent for right tackle Willie Colon. But Joe Linta said yesterday that he is still trying to gauge the level of commitment they are willing to make in Colon, an unrestricted free agent. "We're waiting to see if they're interested," said Linta, who has never had talks with the Steelers on a long-term contract for Colon.

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AzStillers1989
07-27-2011, 02:56 AM
Seems like of all the teams. The Steelers would be one of the LEAST effected... Whatever that means... To be honest, I am kinda sick to my stomach seeing all the turds on tv praising how great this is that the NFL is back... I just want the season to start already and get this ,even still, bitter taste of the SB loss outa my mouth. :Steel



At least we got the PIRATES!


Blown call at home in the bottom of the 19th to loose tonight but I hope we can go out and scratch and claw to find a way to get a W against a good pitcher tomorrow.

LETS GO BUCS !!

hawaiiansteel
07-27-2011, 03:31 AM
At least we got the PIRATES!


Blown call at home in the bottom of the 19th to loose tonight but I hope we can go out and scratch and claw to find a way to get a W against a good pitcher tomorrow.



an absolutely terrible call, tell me the Braves runner wasn't out at home... :wft

http://i.imgur.com/JiMyv.jpg

AzStillers1989
07-27-2011, 06:14 PM
At least we got the PIRATES!


Blown call at home in the bottom of the 19th to loose tonight but I hope we can go out and scratch and claw to find a way to get a W against a good pitcher tomorrow.



an absolutely terrible call, tell me the Braves runner wasn't out at home... :wft

http://i.imgur.com/JiMyv.jpg

Yup....