Posted June 14, 2012 on AP on Fox
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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