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Steelers notebook: Team hasn't called on Keisel, Harrison yet

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By Alan Robinson
Monday, July 28, 2014, 7:54 p.m.

• The Steelers haven't made any move to bring back longtime defensive starters Brett Keisel and James Harrison, who are unsigned. But general manager Kevin Colbert said, “We haven't eliminated any players from consideration. You never know what might happen in the preseason and into the season.”

• Shamarko Thomas might not start — at least if Troy Polamalu and Mike Mitchell stay healthy — so cornerback Ike Taylor kiddingly suggests the second-year safety might fit in elsewhere on defense. “You talk about a guy 220 (pounds), running a 4.3 (40) with 6 percent body fat and doesn't mind hitting and being hit. His offseason workouts are unbelievable. He doesn't work out with the DBs, he works out with the linebackers. That's how strong Shamarko is.”

• The players' union (NFLPA) estimates the Steelers are about $6 million below the salary cap, but Colbert said it's not that much. He said they benefited from the •$10 million cap bump to $130 million this year. “It allowed us to be more aggressive in free agency and maybe less aggressive on some of the things we were going to have to do to get in (cap) compliance,” Colbert said.

• Rookie linebacker Jordan Zumwalt was bothered Monday by a tight groin. Running back Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) and wide receiver C.J. Goodwin (shoulder) sat out and remain day to day. Safety Mitchell (groin) and running back Alvester Alexander (groin) did running drills with the training staff.

— Alan Robinson

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Wednesday: 3 p.m.

Thursday: 3 p.m.

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