PITTSBURGH -- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin described the absence of wide receiver Mike Wallace on Tuesday as "probably short-term misery." Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would agree with that assessment.
Roethlisberger said Wednesday that he expects the disgruntled receiver to report to training camp on time. "I do anticipate him being here for training camp and looking forward to it," Roethlisberger said.
But Roethlisberger acknowledged that this is his gut feeling and he doesn't have any insider information. "I don’t know anything. I’m not behind the scenes," he said. "I do talk to Mike. I know Mike wants to be here bad."
As expected, Wallace missed his second day of mandatory minicamp. He can't be fined by the team because he hasn't signed his restricted free-agent tender.
The Steelers could reduce his $2.7 million tender to $577,500 if Wallace doesn't sign it by Friday. Pittsburgh, though, isn't expected to make such a hardball move.
"I know Mike will be here. It’s just a matter of when," Roethlisberger said. "We keep in contact with Mike. We love Mike. We want him here and we need him here. And we’ll get him here. But the guys that are here are doing a great job."