Share This Page

Steelers notebook: Wallace working toward starting opener

| Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, 4:58 p.m.

Steelers receiver Mike Wallace isn't saying whether he'll start in Denver on Sunday, less than a week after ending his extended holdout. The way he's talking, he'll be satisfied merely with playing.

Wallace worked extensively in practice Thursday — fellow receiver Antonio Brown said he was as fast as ever — but said later he will be happy with any role offensive coordinator Todd Haley has for him.

“We'll have to see on Sunday,” Wallace said. “I'm working towards it (starting). I've been out there practicing pretty hard — to get to where I need to be. We'll see if I'm ready to play on Sunday. But I'm feeling pretty good.”

Wallace has only a couple of more days to negotiate the new contract he wants or he must play out the season at the $2.7 million salary he was tendered as a restricted free agent. The Steelers have a policy of not negotiating contracts during the season.

• James Harrison wasn't in as talkative a mood as Wallace. The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker didn't practice Thursday because of his left knee injury, then posted a couple of signs near his locker warning reporters he wouldn't speak about his status until Friday. Harrison wanted to see how his knee, which was surgically repaired last month, would hold up during practice. He also posted a message on Twitter that read, “I will be practicing tomorrow (Friday) and have a little better idea if I'll be ready to go Sunday night.” Harrison would be replaced by second-year linebacker Chris Carter, who played almost exclusively on special teams last season. “He played the whole preseason like he wants to be here and he wants to be on the field,” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “That did not go unnoticed.”

• Running back Baron Batch (groin) also didn't practice Thursday. Outside linebacker Jason Worilds, who missed training camp with a wrist injury, went through a full workout, as did running back Isaac Redman (ankle).

• Haley didn't offer any hints whether Redman or Jonathan Dwyer would start at running back, or if Rashard Mendenhall (knee) would play. Mendenhall practiced all week, only eight months since tearing an ACL. “We have a plan, but I am not going to tell you,” Haley said smiling. “We are excited about the group. Mendenhall is back, whether that's this week, next week or whenever it happens. He is getting himself ready to go. We have nice variables at the running back position. We have some big guys that can move piles. We have some quick guys, and we have some in-between guys.”

• Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney said Art Modell, the former Browns and Ravens owner, was influential in the NFL becoming as popular as it is today. Modell, who helped elevate the league's stature by negotiating some of its lucrative TV contracts, died Thursday at age 87. “Art Modell was a good friend to our family, and he will be sadly missed. He was instrumental in helping the National Football League become what it is today, and he always had the league's best interest at hand,” Rooney said in a statement issued by the team.

— Alan Robinson

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.