PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Former two-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Chris Hoke joined The Cook and Poni Show on Tuesday to talk about a tough decision the Steelers had to make with releasing Brett Keisel and could have to make with releasing Troy Polamalu and not resigning James Harrison.

“These guys are great friends and good players,” Hoke said. “As they stick around, you know these days are coming. You have guys ready to blossom behind them and the longer you hold these guys around, the longer it takes these younger guys to blossom.”

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Hoke says this is the struggle the Steelers are working with right now. When is the right time to let these guys go?

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Keisel was released yesterday. Hoke, who has known Keisel since they played together in college, thinks he could still play in the NFL.

Hoke says Keisel was just as important to the Steelers in that locker room than he was on the field and he will be missed.

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