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Mike Wallace thinks he's ready to face the Denver Broncos.
The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver says Monday there's no need to hold him back for Sunday's season opener in Denver despite a lengthy holdout that didn't end until last week.
''I felt pretty good out there, and coach gave me a lot to look at today,'' Wallace said. ''But he's good about that. He knew that I wanted to work, and I was able to get in a lot of extra time.''
The Pro Bowl player insists he's nearly up to speed on new offensive coordinator Todd Haley's playbook.
''I like where I'm at so far this week, but they shouldn't have to limit me at all,'' he said. ''We'll see how it goes the rest of the week. But I'm very excited for this season, and I don't think they'll have to hold back too much.''
Wallace, a restricted free agent, skipped all of Pittsburgh's offseason activities and the first month of training camp while trying to get a new deal. He didn't sign his one-year tender worth about $2.7 million until last Tuesday and wasn't cleared to practice until last Friday while sitting out a mandatory three-day acclimation period.
The 26-year-old spent some extra time in the team's practice facility over the weekend while his teammates received a brief break before the start of the regular season.
While he insists he's ready to go, some other Steelers aren't so sure they'll be available when they head west to the same stadium where their 2011 season ended with a stunning 29-23 overtime loss to the Broncos.
Linebacker James Harrison practiced on Monday and reported ''very little discomfort'' in his right knee. The four-time Pro Bowler underwent surgery on the knee Aug. 15 and went through every period but one on Monday, though Harrison said he'll wait to see how the knee responds to such a heavy workload before figuring out if he can play in Denver.
The same goes for linebacker Jason Worilds, who is still recovering from offseason wrist surgery. Worilds didn't play at all during the preseason but practiced with his wrist heavily bandaged on Monday.
''It's not my decision, but if it was my decision I would tell myself that I was going to play this week,'' he said. ''So, today was a great day, and hopefully each one will get better this week. And if I continue to progress, I'll definitely be ready to go.''
If Harrison and Worilds can't go, a thin defense gets decidedly thinner. Safety Ryan Clark will sit out due to a sickle cell trait that makes playing at high altitudes dangerous.
Facing Peyton Manning shorthanded isn't exactly the way to start a season, though defensive end Brett Keisel - who was chosen a co-captain on Monday along with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger - believes the Steelers can play at a high level even with the new faces.
''We had the No. 1 ranking last year, but we can improve ourselves by getting more turnovers,'' Keisel said. ''That's been a point of emphasis, and we need to stop people from scoring touchdowns in the red zone. But I think we have to guys to be capable of doing that.''
BEST OF MAXIM
Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times reports via Twitter Tuesday morning that he has been told that Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace is back in Pittsburgh today.
Wallace had last been spotted working out down in Orlando, Florida with trainer Tom Shaw down at the Wide World of Sports complex. Last week several teammates were very optimistic...
According to his Steelers teammates wide receiver Mike Wallace will return to the team this weekend. Wallace is expected to return to the Steelers and sign his one year tender.
Wallace has been the teams leading receiver the last two years and is a key part in the Steelers offense.
While Wallace he ContinueThe post Wallace to Return; Will he Sign Long-Term? appeared first on SteelBlitz.
The trade rumor pot in regard to Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace is once again being stirred after Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter today to tweet, "SERIOUS TRADE WINDS Swirling! We're talking given up high pick for SERIOUS Vet/Starter!.. these deals often crumble n don't reach completion." Irsay followed up...
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It looks like Mike Wallace's holdout will finally come to an end. The wide receiver reportedly will report to the Steelers.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace has yet to report to camp. Wallace wants a new long-term deal (Credit: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
According to ProFootballTalk.com, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers expect Wallace will arrive back in Pittsburgh this weekend and sign his one-year, $2.742 million contract after they return from Buffalo...
The Mike Wallace saga took on a new twist, relatively speaking, on Tuesday when Ed Bouchette of the
Mike Wallace can easily be ready for the season opener
Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote that sources told him that Wallace will report this weekend, likely after the team returns from the Bills game on Saturday. Kickoff is at 7pm for that one.
For the sake of argument, let’s assume...
Plugged in Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the Steelers expect wide receiver Mike Wallace to report this weekend. If true, it would give him two weeks to get ready for the opener.Fantasy Spin:Wallace was a top fantasy receiver in 2011, hauling in 72 balls for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns. The two weeks should be enough time to be ready as both he and quarterback...
This is great news for Wallace owners and folks who took a chance by drafting Mike Wallace in earlier drafts. Wallace is an elite talent and reporting this weekend should give him enough time, provided he maintained conditioning while holding out, to get in football shape and start week 1 as the Steelers N0. 1 receiver.
On a day where one high profile holdout got worse, with Maurice Jones-Drew expressing his anger with Jaguars ownership and saying he’d be open to a trade, the other remaining high profile holdout seemingly got better. According to separate reports by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Wallace is expected to join the Steelers this weekend, after their...
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers expect wide receiver Mike Wallace to show up this weekend.
“The Steelers expect that Mike Wallace will arrive back in Pittsburgh this weekend and sign his one-year contract after they return from their third preseason game in Buffalo, multiple sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,” reported Bouchette.
'YOU'RE JUST JIMMY'S TYPE'
According to series of tweets issued by Colts owner Jim Irsay, the team seems willing to do just about anything to make a big move in the trade market.
With all the Indianapolis Colts trade rumors swirling around tonight, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com took the time out to squash a pair of rumors.
Sources have told La Canfora the Colts aren’t pursuing Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew or Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace.
“According to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora, the Colts are in fact pursuing a trade...