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Steelers' Wallace ends his holdout

PITTSBURGH — Mike Wallace sat in his usual spot in the corner of the Steelers locker room and decided it was time to hold court.

Hey, it'd been awhile for the leader of the self-proclaimed "Young Money Family."

The Pro Bowl wide receiver posed for the cameras alongside teammates Antonio Brown, Chris Rainey, Jerricho Cotchery and Ike Taylor while flashing a smile and cracking jokes, business as usual for one of the NFL's fastest playmakers.

It was almost as if Wallace's long holdout — one that ended Tuesday — never happened.

"I'm not dwelling on the past," Wallace said. "I have no regrets."

He also still doesn't have the long-term deal he covets.

The 26-year-old restricted free agent will play under the one-year, $2.7 million tender and hope something gets worked out before the regular season begins next week. As a rule Pittsburgh doesn't negotiate contracts during the season.

Wallace caught a career-high 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

BENGALS: Center Kyle Cook could be lost for the season with a right foot and ankle injury. A defender fell on his foot during Thursday's preseason game. He didn't think it was severe at first and stayed in the game.

BROWNS: Scott Fujita isn't convinced he'll have to miss a game this season. Suspended three games by commissioner Roger Goodell for his alleged role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal, Fujita expressed confidence that he'll play in the opener Sept. 9 against Philadelphia. The linebacker was one of four players punished by Goodell for contributing to the pay-for-hits program. Fujita, 33, returned to practice for the first time since hurting his left knee Aug. 10 against Detroit.

COLTS: Andrew Luck still wants all those seemingly meaningless preseason snaps. Thursday's game against Cincinnati will be the final chance for the No. 1 overall draft pick to fix any problems before the regular season. Most teams sit out their starters for preseason finales. "Any experience is incredibly helpful for me right now … I have to take advantage of some game experience," Luck said. Coach Chuck Pagano said he hasn't decided how much Luck and the starters will play.

EAGLES: Brian Westbrook will officially retire as a member of the team today and will be honored during a game against Washington in December. The former All-Pro running back played with Philadelphia from 2002-09 and is the franchise leader with 9,785 total yards from scrimmage.

FALCONS: Chris Redman, Atlanta's No. 2 quarterback the past four seasons, was released so the team could sign former Buc Luke McCown.

GIANTS: Receiver Hakeem Nicks, sidelined all preseason with a broken foot, will play tonight against the Patriots after lobbying coaches to let him do so. Also, safety Tyler Sash failed in his attempt to appeal to Goodell to get his suspension reduced. Sash is out four games for violating substance abuse policy.

JETS: The team got punter Spencer Lanning off waivers from the Browns, the Chicago Tribune reported.

REDSKINS: Tight end Chris Cooley, who has spent his eight-season career with Washington, was released. Also, a day after he appeared to retain the kicking job, Florida State's Graham Gano was cut. The team signed Billy Cundiff, who was cut this week by the Ravens.

TITANS: Receiver Kenny Britt is off the physically-unable-to-perform list, but he won't play Thursday against New Orleans.

HURD CASE: A federal judge ordered former receiver Sam Hurd to be jailed indefinitely for failing two drug tests and allegedly buying drugs while already facing charges he tried to distribute marijuana and cocaine. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan revoked Hurd's $100,000 bond. Hurd, 27, who played for the Bears and Cowboys, was arrested again this month.

Steelers' Wallace ends his holdout 08/28/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 11:04pm]
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