Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 3/26/12

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 10: Hines Ward #86 and James Farrior #51 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stand on the sideline during the game against the Cleveland Browns on December 10, 2009 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 13-6. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Kevin Colbert did a press conference down in Florida while at the NFL meetings.  He gave us a good bit of information during the press conference.  The biggest thing that came out of it is that the Steelers do not plan on having any of the released veterans return to the team.  Colbert has basically closed the door on that situation.

“When we terminated those players we felt that their time as a Steeler was over and it was time for everybody to move forward.”

Hines Ward has retired.  Aaron Smith has also done the same, just not in so many words.  James Farrior is still out there but it looks unlikely that he will return.  The Steelers have moved on from this group of guys.  They lost a good amount of leadership in this group.  Ward and Farrior were captains.  Farrior was the voice in the locker room though.  He had command of this team.

The team will move forward.  They will plug guys in and keep on rolling.  It is just what the Steelers do.

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