Roethlisberger: Wallace is training hard

August, 9, 2012
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You thought you were going to get through a day on the AFC North blog without a Mike Wallace update. Well, you thought wrong.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that the holdout wide receiver is staying in shape.

"I gave him a call to wish him happy birthday and see how he was doing," Roethlisberger said, via sportsradiointerviews.com. "And Mike’s training hard. He’s training with his helmet on just like he’d be here. So he’s doing a lot of things. And I have confidence he’ll be here and ready to go for the season.”

So, there you go. Wallace is not only training. He's training with his helmet on. I bet all of you Wallace haters feel silly now to question his dedication.

Roethlisberger also addressed fans who think Wallace isn't a big deal to the Steelers offense.

They’re crazy. No offense, but they’re crazy," Roethlisberger said. "I can’t say enough how good of a teammate he is. And that’s the most important thing when you have as many young guys as we have on our team. Everyone talks about how great Antonio Brown is -- and he is -- but the reason Antonio is going to get open -- not the only reason -- but one of the reasons Antonio is going to get open is because Mike is stretching the field."

Even though Roethlisberger remains a big supporter of Wallace, he wouldn't mind if the Steelers brought back Plaxico Burress. Roethlisberger and Burress were teammates for one season (2004).

"Plax was another guy who I always thought got a bad rap for being a bad teammate," Roethlisberger said. "But that absolutely wasn’t true from anything I saw. He was a great teammate. And if they bring him back, that’s one more weapon than I have in my arsenal already.”

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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