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No surgery for now for Hampton

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So far so good when it comes to Casey Hampton and the knee injury that knocked the mammoth nose tackle out of the Steelers’ 29-23 loss to Denver last Sunday.
Hampton is not scheduled to undergo surgery in the near future, which means the 11th-year veteran will try to work his way back from an ACL injury with a combination of rest and treatment.
That could change, but avoiding surgery could be the key to Hampton returning to the Steelers in 2012. Coming back from a major knee injury would be tough for Hampton given his size -– he is listed at 325 pounds but admittedly hasn’t been close to that in years –- and the advanced stage of his NFL career.
Hampton is entering the last year of the three-year, $21.2 million contract he signed in February of 2010. The Steelers are likely to bring Hampton back for another season, if his health isn’t an issue.
All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey is having surgery today on his left ankle. Pouncey tweeted –- yes, he is still on Twitter -– that news, and surgery was inevitable given how many problems the ankle has given him over the last year.

— Scott Brown

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