New, Unusual Team Rule Stems From Private Meeting By Veteran Steelers
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — These are strange times for sports fans here; the baseball team is drawing positive national attention this fall, and the football team is not. Apparently, after several veteran Steelers held a private meeting Wednesday, the strange got a little stranger.
After the conclusion of practice Wednesday on the South Side, a trip inside the locker room revealed rudimentary signs taped to the ping-pong and billiard tables saying that no player shy of four years’ NFL experience is allowed to use them.
Click here to read the full story by Barry Petchesky of Deadspin, which was investigated further by Jory Rand of KDKA-TV.
Safety Troy Polamalu was among the older players who was asked about this rule change, but he, like the rest, declined to elaborate.
This was just about the most that could be ascertained from any of the vets:
Antonio Brown: “I think the older guys are cracking down and making sure guys on the clock are business savvy while they’re here.”
— Jory Rand (@JoryRand) September 19, 2013
According to the report, the signs were removed while the team was practicing. However, as of 3:00 P.M. Thursday, at least one or two could still be seen hanging from the game tables.
The Steelers (0-2) hosts the Chicago Bears (2-0) Sunday night shortly after 8:30, and they enter Week 3 next to last in the league in total offense.
They’re hoping the imminent return of tight end Heath Miller, who was in good spirits after practice Thursday, will help, and rookie running back Le’Veon Bell, surprisingly, went through a full practice without aggravating his midfoot sprain.