Pittsburgh media grills Goodell

LATROBE, Pa. — The practice horn blared right in the middle of Commissioner Roger Goodell‘s informal session with Pittsburgh media Thursday morning just after morning practice. That probably aggravated the radio and TV guys trying to get a good sound bite.

And there was a horde, of at least 30 media folks, that quickly surrounded Goodell. Guess what they wanted to ask him about?

Every question pertained to the Ben Roethlisberger situation. They wondered if the quarterback’s suspension could be reduced to fewer than the current four-game minimum, or if perhaps there is any further investigation taking place. Either way, Goodell did not offer any concrete news, simply stating that the league is evaluating the situation.

Next up for Goodell is a fan forum. The Steelers fans, presumably, will be asking similar questions. But they probably won’t crowd the commissioner as much.

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With the Steelers’ brass

Commissioner Roger Goodell visits with (from left) U.S. Ambassador Dan Rooney, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, Steelers President Art Rooney II, and John Madden at Steelers’ practice Thursday morning. It was Dan Rooney’s first visit to training camp this season after returning from Ireland on Wednesday night.

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Steelers’ RBs loosen up

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Goodell’s workout ‘habit’

LATROBE, Pa. – The Commissioner’s Camp Tour arrived at St. Vincent College, practice home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, shortly after midnight Wednesday night.

In case you didn’t know, St. Vincent is actually an active monastery. Brother Max was kind enough to get the bags out of our car when we arrived.

Brother Max was also kind enough to offer his services and show Commissioner Goodell where the gym is when he is ready to work out early Thursday morning (before he visits with Steelers owner Art Rooney and takes in practice). But Goodell did not want to impose, since he was planning on getting up sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m..

“I’m a monk,” said Brother Max, matter-of-factly. “I’ll be up.”

To which Goodell replied: “Well, good, then you can come work out with me.”

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Getting Madden’s autograph

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Can’t beat Somerset rest stop

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Not much to say here …

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Checking out the Chili’s menu

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Time for a pit stop

“We’re holding out hope for a Chili’s,” the driver of the Madden Cruiser called back to Roger Goodell.

Three hours into the four-hour drive from Redskins’ camp to Steelers’ camp in Latrobe, Pa., the boys are getting a little restless.

Don’t get me wrong, the fridge here in the Cruiser is well-stocked with sandwiches (Coach Madden says the tuna is really good), but as Madden’s operations guy, Wade Junko, said: “A little variety is always good.”

Madden was on the phone when we passed a sign showing Chili’s at the next exit, but wasn’t clear if was a sit-down or takeout version. As Madden got off the phone, he said, “What’s the deal with Chili’s?”

Stay tuned.

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Haynesworth gets extra work

Albert Haynesworth got some extra work in with coaches on the far end of the field after practice.

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