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For Pittsburgh Steelers fans, these past few weeks have been crawling along at a snails pace as the team prepares for training camp. While there has been some tidbits dropped on the Mike Wallace situation and there have been a couple of small transactions, no sweeping news has truly become known.Although, if fans can read between some lines and look closely at social media outlets such as twitter, they may expect to see a roster move shortly. At the end of last week on twitter, veteran offensive tackle (and Ben Roethlisberger favorite) Max Starks (@maxstarks78) announced he was working on pass protection and felt he was near 100 percent. Something that should ring as music to the ears of Steelers fans across Steeler Nation.

Last season, Starks was instrumental in stabilizing the offensive line once he returned to the team. In fact, one can argue that without him, the Steelers would not have made it to the playoffs in 2011. Unfortunately, his season (like the Steelers) came to a painful end in Denver during the playoffs when he tore his ACL. Yes, Starks is not the greatest offensive tackle, but honestly, he is potentially a better option than veteran Trai Essex or rookie Mike Adams in the starting line up, especially if he can transition back to right tackle where he started his career after being a third round selection from Florida.

For us at Steelers 101, we have been talking about the team signing Starks and releasing veteran Jonathan Scott since early May when we did our offensive line preview and with the news of Starks returning to the practice field, it seems like that is a possibility. In addition, according to our calculations, the Steelers currently have one open roster spot after releasing quarterback Troy Smith and linebacker Brandon Lindsey.  


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