By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com
Posted 16 hours ago
aaThe following is an informal diary following the action through the playoffs. Regular updates will be posted.
Monday, January 3
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, because in Pittsburgh, it’s playoff time and that means time to start a playoff diary, bringing you a little of this and that.
Things were relatively quiet at the team’s practice facility on Monday – even the media room was dark all day - as the players had a well-deserved day off after winning the AFC North and securing a bye with a 41-9 win over the Browns the day before.
But there were some players who did make an appearance. Among them was defensive end Aaron Smith, who was working out and is trying his best to get back for playoff action. It’s just a matter of time for him and will he have enough to fully heal. But as far as effort, there is much more that Smith could be doing. The guy is kicking butt and wants to join his teammates for the playoffs, but knows he has to be smart too.
It was family day for a few players. Brett Keisel stopped by, sporting an AFC North Champs hat, with his son Jacob (smartly snagging a cookie in the cafeteria) and beautiful baby daughter Grace. Larry Foote was in the training room with his adorable daughter Jayln, one sweet little girl.
Other guys stopped in, including Anthony Madison who had a big interception against the Browns, Doug Legursky, who filled in at center when Maurkice Pouncey left the game injured, as well as Ziggy Hood, Jonathan Scott (check out what he had to say about his first-time in the playoffs by clicking here), Ryan Mundy and an array of others. Max Starks and Dennis Dixon, who are both on injured reserve, weren’t letting an off day get in the way of their rehab as they were hard at work in the weight room.
Rookie Stephenson Sylvester was also around, talked about advice he has received from veterans, and you can tell he “gets it” from these words.
“To go about our business is not to talk about it; it’s just to do it,” said Sylvester. “You learn that from the veterans, just go out there and do your job and everything else will take care of itself.”
While things were quiet, but busy, at the South Side facility, Heinz Field was buzzing with workers still moving equipment and turning the building back into a football field after the NHL’s Winter Classic was played there on Jan. 1. They have their hands full, but you know come January 15, the building will be more than ready for the Steelers to play.