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Mark Kaboly  |  Tribune-Review

 

It’s not that big of a deal for many Steelers to spend hours on an airplane.
 

Heck, Ryan Clark went to Samoa last year and William Gay said he once vacationed in Turkey — two trips that were in excess of 12 hours in the air.

 

But no Steelers player (except for punter Zoltan Mesko) has ever spent that kind of time on an airplane and then had to play a football game two days later.

 

That will happen this weekend when the Steelers travel to London to play Minnesota at Wembley Stadium on Sunday — 6 p.m. London time and 1 p.m. Pittsburgh time.

 

Some of the Steelers are not taking any chances with the long flight and are taking extreme measures in order to ensure they are ready physically.

 

“I’ve booked flights for my treatment people to be in London when we get there so I can have treatment Friday night, Saturday during the day,” Clark said. “You want to do those things to get yourself taken care of.”

 

The Steelers will have massages available to the entire team when they land in London.

 

Receiver Antonio Brown plans to take it to an extreme level to ensure he won’t be affected by the lengthy air travel.

 

Brown said he will wear compression socks during the flight to combat possible swelling in the legs and have fluids administered to him intravenously to prevent dehydration.

 

“We are taking a no excuses approach and make sure everything is lined up,” Brown said.

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Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

 
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