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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Quick hits from the locker room

By Chris Forsberg

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits from the media-access period in the locker room Thursday:

1. Defensive linemen Shaun Ellis and Mark Anderson and offensive lineman Brian Waters were among the players drawing larger media crowds. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork spoke in the media workroom as one defensive captain appears at the podium each Thursday.

2. It's hard not to notice the growing bond between the defensive linemen. Tucked together in one corner of the room, Wilfork, Ellis, Gerard Warren, and Kyle Love were all joking around with each other as they dressed for Thursday's practice. Wilfork stole the show, showcasing a bevy of slick dance moves -- think Evolution of Dance with recent dance floor faves -- while trying to distract Love as he gave an on-camera interview with a local network. Love tried to do the same by distracting Anderson as he talked with reporters.

3. Ellis spoke to the development process of the line, noting, "For us, it's a steady process -- getting better each and every week, and getting ready for the next game." The line, which lost Myron Pryor (shoulder) and Mike Wright (concussion) to injured reserve earlier this season, stands to get a boost if Ron Brace and Brandon Deaderick are able to elevate to the 53-man roster moving forward. The two young linemen, who started the season on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list, began practicing last week and could be activated as early as this week if the coaching (and training) staff deems them ready. It's worth noting that neither appeared on the first participation report of the week, suggesting they participated without limitations on Wednesday.

4. Speaking of defensive lines, Waters was asked about the Steelers' front he'll be trying to keep away from quarterback Tom Brady and noted, "They're a physical group. Even the young guys, they've been playing a lot the last few weeks and they are falling right in line with the guys that have been there for a long period of time. They're replacing some really good football players, but they're getting after it and attacking. You can definitely tell they've been taught the same way as those older guys."