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Monday, November 3, 2008
Nervous times for Pittsburgh's special teams?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

LANDOVER, Md. -- Although it may not be a big deal nationally, those in the Steel City will be keeping a close eye on new Pittsburgh Steelers long snapper Jared Retkofsky.

Long-snapping issues hurt Pittsburgh in last week's loss to the New York Giants. Greg Warren suffered a torn ACL and linebacker James Harrison attempted to fill in but delivered a high snap that resulted in a safety.

Retkofsky was signed as a free agent last week and had ample time to get acclimated. But it's difficult to predict how any new player will respond to a hostile environment. His first snap on a punt was fine in the first quarter.

If this is the last time I mention Retkosky's name, Steelers fans probably will be satisfied with his first game.