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Steelers WR Wallace expected to sign deal NFL NOTEBOOK


February 16. 2013 6:20PM


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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.


The Steelers play Saturday night in Buffalo. Presumably Wallace would be eligible to play in their final preseason game against Carolina on Aug. 30 at Heinz Field, but whether he will or not remains unknown. The Steelers are off Sunday after their game against Buffalo and will have only two real days of practice before they finish up the preseason against the Panthers.


However, reporting this weekend would give the Pro Bowl wide receiver two weeks to practice and prepare for the regular-season opener in Denver on Sept. 9.


Jacksonville Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout appears far from over.


His agent Adisa Bakari tells The Associated Press that the Jacksonville Jaguars running back isn't pleased with owner Shad Khan's recent public comments about his client's 28-day holdout.


Khan said last week that MJD's absence "doesn't even move the needle" in terms of stress. On Tuesday, Khan said, "This is not a team about one person." His message to Jones-Drew: "train's leaving the station. Run, get on it."


Bakari says those statements don't sit well with MJD. "Obviously, he's not happy that what started as a very cordial and private conversation is now public and contentious," Bakari says.


Miami Dolphins

DAVIE, Fla. — Rookie Ryan Tannehill's teammates have endorsed the decision to give him the starting quarterback job with the Miami Dolphins.


First-year coach Joe Philbin chose Tannehill over Matt Moore, who started the final 12 games last year. Moore is popular with teammates, but veteran players said Tuesday they expect Tannehill to do well.



Seattle Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. — Rookie Russell Wilson will get the start at quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks when they travel to Kansas City for their third preseason game.


Wilson has impressed during those two halves. He's completed 22 of 33 passes for 279 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Wilson has also run for 92 yards and a touchdown.


Oakland Raiders

NAPA, Calif. — Stefen Wisniewski has a tough enough adjustment in his second year in the NFL after having changed positions and blocking systems with the Oakland Raiders.


Injuries that are keeping him off the practice field are only making that job more difficult.


After missing all offseason workouts while recovering from shoulder surgery, Wisniewski has now been sidelined more than a week with an injured calf sustained in the exhibition opener.




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