If Wallace reports, he won't play in preseason
Mike Wallace's preseason is effectively over even before it started.
If the holdout wide receiver reports to the Steelers and signs his $2.742 million tender Sunday or Monday, as his teammates believe he will, he still must sit out three days under the NFL labor agreement. That would keep him out of the final preseason game Aug. 30 against Carolina and prevent him from practicing until Labor Day weekend.
According to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Wallace already has an understanding of Todd Haley's new offense, despite not being with the team since last season.
“I talked to him today. He's excited. We're excited,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “He's been working, and he's been working not just on his conditioning and strength but working through the offense. If he's been putting the work in he's telling me he's been doing, he'll be fine.”
• LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison missed a combined 11 games last season. With Harrison recovering from a knee operation, there's a chance he won't play Week 1 in Denver. “You have to be worried about the guys who are going to be here playing with you,” Woodley said. “We still have to play on Sept. 9. You would love to have James back, but if he's not back, guys like Chris Carter are prepared to go out there and play. I think he's going to do a great job.”
• Ryan Clark, fined $40,000 last season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens tight end Ed Dickson, said rule changes designed to reduce head injuries are making it increasingly difficult for defensive backs. Once, he said, defenders were taught that if you can't intercept a pass, try to dislodge the ball. “You still try to do that, but you do it differently,” Clark told NFL Network. “You can't go for the guy's head, you can't go for his neck. You have to try to adjust your aiming point, which is hard sometimes because if the offensive player does crouch or does lower his shoulder, it's still on the defensive player. … My wife is more upset about the fines, but I get more upset about the penalties.”
• The Steelers offensive linemen were talking recently about which of their positions is the most difficult and, to Ramon Foster, left tackle is the most critical and problematic. “Because you have a $100 million quarterback (Roethlisberger), I'm going to go with left tackle,” Foster said. “All of them are equally different. All of them have their own difficulties. You just have to respect the work load that you have and go out and do your job.”
— Alan Robinson
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Wild Wednesday proves Steelers rule
- Steelers submit application to play host to Super Bowl in 2023
- Australians rule punting competition for chance to play for Steelers
- Steelers wide receiver Wheaton embraces move to slot position
- Steelers notebook: Best RB tandem in NFL?
- Rossi: Moats looks to make a splash with Steelers