Steelers notebook: Keisel dresses, but doesn't play
PHILADELPHIA — Newly re-signed defensive end Brett Keisel was in uniform for the Steelers on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles despite not practicing in advance of his first game since last season.
Keisel's two-year contract is worth $3 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $1 million this season — just above the league minimum — and $1.5 million in 2015. The dead money would be only $250,000 if the Steelers don't bring him back next season.
Keisel was in uniform but didn't play, and the defensive line stayed with the same rotation as during the Bills' preseason game. Cam Thomas started at defensive end and Steve McLendon was at nose tackle, but they came off and rookie defensive end Stephon Tuitt came in during sub-package downs.
Keisel is expected to make his preseason debut Thursday against Carolina, when the starters aren't likely to play much.
• Right tackle Marcus Gilbert's $30 million, six-year contract guarantees him only his $7,650,000 signing bonus, according to figures on file with the NFLPA.
• WR Lance Moore wasn't in uniform for undisclosed reasons; he wasn't listed on coach Mike Tomlin's pregame injury report. Also sitting out were S Will Allen, CB Devin Smith, CB Shaquille Richardson, RB Tauren Poole, FB Will Johnson, LB Jordan Zumwalt, LS Greg Warren, OL Cody Wallace and TE Eric Waters. Warren remains on schedule to miss four weeks with his torn meniscus. With Moore out, Justin Brown started at slot receiver.
• Shaun Suisham signed a $12 million contract extension early in training camp, but he hasn't been sharp in the preseason. He was far wide left on a 46-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, and he also missed a 38-yard attempt against the Giants. He also couldn't convert a 33-yard extra point, one of eight missed in the NFL during its preseason experiment.
• Former Pitt star LeSean McCoy left the game with an injured right thumb after scoring on a 22-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter. X-rays were negative, but he had the thumb wrapped and missed the rest of the game. The Eagles played the rest of their offensive regulars for the entire first half. McCoy carried four times for 26 yards and caught two passes for 26 yards.
• Rookie Dri Archer broke loose on a couple of receptions of 40 yards or more in the first two games, but he didn't play much early on and was held to two catches for 12 yards while the starters were in the game.
• Eagles coach Chip Kelly had a few friendly words for LeGarrette Blount when he ran out of bounds along Philadelphia's sideline on a kickoff return late in the second quarter. Blount played for Kelly at Oregon, although his final season was interrupted by a two-month suspension for hitting a Boise State player.
— Alan Robinson
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