I'm in the works with my bosses to officially change the name of the AFC North blog to the Wallace-Suggs Zone because that's been the main storylines for the past four months. Today's daily note on Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace comes from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette, who reports this is the longest Steelers' holdout in 22 years:
It becomes official today that he will miss the entire training camp. The last Steelers player to do that was tight end Eric Green in 1990, when he was their No. 1 pick. Green did not sign until after the regular season began and missed the first four games.
There's been increasing talk that Wallace will report back to the Steelers, who have been resigned to the fact that they wouldn't see Wallace at St. Vincent College this year. Wallace is holding out to protest the lack of a long-term deal. The Steelers have stopped talks on a new contract until he reports back to the team.
"There's a little buzz around the team that he'll be coming back pretty soon," wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “I don’t know the exact date, but it’s looking pretty good.”
If I had to make a guess on a return date, I would say sometime next week, perhaps as soon as a day or two after Sunday's preseason game against the Colts. Even though Wallace is working out with a trainer in Florida, he needs to get in football shape and get up to speed with Todd Haley's offense. The Steelers' season opener at Denver is 23 days away.