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Tomlin: Steelers are in 'great condition' for opener

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By Scott Brown
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008
 

Mike Tomlin said the Steelers appear to be in "great condition" heading into their regular-season opener Sunday against the visiting Texans.

Inside linebacker Larry Foote is nursing a minor knee injury but Tomlin said the starting inside linebacker "appears to be not a question mark" for the 1 p.m. game at Heinz Field.

Tomlin said rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall will serve as the team's primary kickoff returner while Mewelde Moore will be the Steelers' main punt returner.

Santonio Holmes will be a "situational" punt returner, Tomlin said today at his weekly news conference.

Moore will also be the Steelers' third-down back and Tomlin said he is still undecided about who will be the team's short-yardage back.

Tomlin strongly hinted that Mendenhall will get the bulk of the carries in short-yardage situations if the fumbling problems the first-round pick had during the preseason do not carry over to the regular season.

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