Injured Hampton mentoring McLendon, Ta'amu

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 14, 2012
Don't let the sign over his locker fool you, Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton isn't quite ready to get into coaching. The five-time Pro Bowler is, however, serving as a mentor to Steve McLendon and rookie Alameda Ta'amu while he recovers from offseason knee surgery. The 35-year-old Hampton did not participate during organized team activities or minicamp but did keep a watchful eye over McLendon and Ta'amu, who will carry the load until Hampton returns. Hampton says he expects to be ready by the season opener on Sept. 9 but doesn't expect to see the field much during preseason if he's cleared to play. The longest tenured member of the Pittsburgh defense had surgery in January to repair a torn ACL.
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