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mesaSteeler
01-04-2011, 04:43 PM
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After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop. Dale can also be heard on Tuesday nights throughout the season from 7 to 9 p.m. on WBGG 970-AM.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Tuesday news and notes

The Steelers held their first practice of the bye week today with a number of veteran players getting the day off.

One veteran who did not take the full day off was Aaron Smith.

Though he did not participate in any team drills, Smith did some light position work as he continues his comeback from a torn triceps injury.

The Steelers, however, are still uncertain when Smith may be ready to return. His left arm is getting stronger, but it's not ready to take on 300-pound blockers.

As we sit here, a day after Black Monday, there don't appear to be a lot of openings for former Steelers coach Bill Cowher to take advantage of.

Cowher obviously wants another coaching job, but two days into the offseason for the majority of the league, there's not a lot out there.

It looks like Jason Garrett and Leslie Frazier are going to stay on in Dallas and Minnesota, respectively.

Houston is keeping Gary Kubiak, as are the Giants with Tom Coughlin.

Miami has not made a move, but the word is that GM Jeff Ireland is going to stay no matter what and since Cowher wants control of personnel, that won't work.

Denver wants to make a bold move at head coach and is wooing Jim Harbaugh.

Carolina also wants Harbaugh and won't pay the $8 to $10-million Cowher will command.

Cowher and Cleveland president Mike Holmgren are friends, but Holmgren has control of personnel matters, so that marriage isn't likely to happen.

And Cincinnati looks ready to stick with Marvin Lewis, though there was no way Cowher was going there.