Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/30/12

Pittsburgh Steelers NT Casey Hampton, coming a torn ACL injury he suffered in the playoff loss to Denver and currently on the PUP list, thinks that any talk of the Steelers being old and slow is a bit premature.

Although slow at the moment, and perhaps a bit old, at 35, Hampton told the The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register, "They've been saying that for how long?" Hampton said. "They've been saying, 'You're getting old,' and all that for years, and year in and year out we do our thing. So I don't see it being any different this year."

Hampton, goign into his 12th year in the NFL is currently the second oldest on the team behind backup QB Charlie Batch, age 37. The Steelers saw James Farrior, Aaron Smith, Chris Hoke and Hines Ward retire in the off-season, gusy Hampton looked up to."No question about it, when you've been around those guys 10-plus years, it's definitely different," he said. "But that's part of it. You see guys come and go all the time. Those are definitely special guys, but I think those guys will fill in and do their best to make up for it."

There's no time table for Hampton's return, but he's patient. "I don't have no problem with being on it as long as I need to be. I just want to get it right and be right when I'm out there. I don't want to be out there hobbling messing around; I wanna be out there ready to go."

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