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Steelers' Mitchell has another surgery

| Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Steelers safety Mike Mitchell reacts during the fourth quarter against the Browns on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, after learning the Bills defeated the Jets. The victories by the Steelers and Buffalo clinched a playoff spot for the Steelers.

Another offseason has brought yet another pair of surgeries for Steelers safety Mike Mitchell.

Coach Mike Tomlin said last month Mitchell would have surgery on his left shoulder during the offseason. However, Mitchell confirmed Friday that he had surgery on his left hand and shoulder.

Mitchell's hand was wrapped when he was spotted alongside teammate Arthur Moats taking in UFC workouts Friday at Stout Training in the Strip District.

When asked whether he would be ready for spring workouts set for late May, Mitchell said: “If I was any better, I'd be you.”

Mitchell had his best season since joining the Steelers as a free agent in 2014 despite battling a shoulder injury he suffered near the end of the season and aggravating it a number times thereafter.

In a season-ending loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional playoffs, Mitchell was forced to wear a restraint on his arm to prevent him from lifting it above his head.

Mitchell played all 18 games for the Steelers and led the team with three interceptions. He signed a five-year, $25 million contract in 2014 after spending a year in Carolina but struggled during his first year with the Steelers, in part because of injuries.

Mitchell played his first season with the Steelers with a core muscle injury, which is when the abductor muscle detaches from the pubic bone. Mitchell had that repaired last offseason along with a procedure on his ring finger that kept dislocating.

Staff writer Jerry DiPaola contributed. Mark Kaboly is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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