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QB Ben Roethlisberger continued his baby steps back to football by appearing at the Steelers' organized team activities today, the first time he's stepped on a practice field since his six-game suspension was announced by NFL Principal Roger Goodell.

Unfortunately, the man of the hour won't be talking to the media following practice (and neither will Mike Tomlin, who has an "appointment" scheduled at that time), so we can stop holding our breath for any new news on that front. No, not even backup Byron Leftwich is around today, so this is a story that few are available (or willing) to comment on. Because we all know how much NFL players love to answer questions about teammates who might be a distraction.

Roethlisberger is expected to participate in the five remaining days of OTAs, and is cleared to be present for training camp and the entire preseason. The only reports on his performance Tuesday thus far pegged it as "rusty" ('s Jim Wexell) and having "a lot of anxiety" (Dennis Dixon, on Roethlisberger), both of which are to be expected.

Joe Starkey of 93.7 The Fan was on the scene and described it as being "like media day at the Super Bowl", while Jim Colony described it as a "media horde". In short, it certainly looks and sounds like the saturation coverage of the Steelers we've come to expect from the media is already in midseason form - and it's only June 1.

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1 comment:

BURGH08 said...

No offense, but what could he say that would actually change one's opinion on anything? I know the media wants him to talk, but I could care less.

At least the guy looks like he has been hitting the treadmill since March.