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Steelers taking extreme measures to combat travel

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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 covers the Pittburgh Steelers for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 250 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, and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

Comments

  1. Paul Raspa says:

    IF THE STEELERS WANT TO START WINNING–THE FOLLOWING NEEDS TO BE DONE!!!!
    I have outlined from Most Important to Least important so here is my list:

    1) NEW OFFENSIVE LINE COACH — RUSS GRIMM — BICKNELLS’ STRATEGY NOT WORKING– LINEMAN NOT LOW ENOUGH UPON IMPACT..40 + sacks for the last 3+ years!!!
    2) MOVE TO 4-3 DEFENSE — KIESEL,MCLENDON,ZIGGY,HEYWOOD/WOODS , JONES/WORILDS, TIMMONS, WOODLEY
    3) NEED TO MOVE THE POCKET — BEN GETTING HIT IN THE POCKET SO LET BEN ROLL OUT MORE
    4) EXTRA LINEMAN 2 DOWNS — BEN GETTING HIT WAY TO MUCH + SHOULD ADD TO RUNNING GAME YARDAGE.
    5) CB NEED TO PLAY MAN-UP COVERAGE VS 7YD+ DROPBACK– FORCE OPPOSING “O” TO CHANGE THEIR OWN DINK/DUNK STRATEGY AGAINST A SOFT “D”.
    6) RB NEED TO HIT THE HOLE –RUN HARD & STRAIGHT WITH NO STUTTER STEPS… -THIS WILL ADD 1/2 -1 YD PER CARRY ON AVERAGE.
    7) QB NEEDS TO PLAY SMARTER — THROW BALL AWAY OUTSIDE THE POCKET– I DO NOT CARE WHO IS AT QB –THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE.
    8) SPECIAL TEAMS — SO WE LEAD IN K/O COVERAGE –THAT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT K/O THAT OFTEN THIS YEAR. NEED NEW PUNTER TOO.
    9) CB’S HAVE HANDS LIKE FEET — TOO MANY DROPS SO HERE IS A CURE — RUB ORANGES ON YOUR HANDS WHEN OFF THE FIELD AND YOU WILL NOT “DROP” ANYTHING. RB’S AND WR’S CAN USE THIS TOO!!
    10)” HALEY MUST GO” — I DO NOT THINK THIS IS AN ANSWER — IT SHOULD CHANGE TO “WE MUST EXECUTE” … COACHES PUT A GAME PLAN IN PLACE AND TEAMS NEED TO EXECUTE IT……

    Just so you know when I watch a game I analyze it — Yes I get excited and all that good stuff but I really watch what people are doing —
    I have taken my son to the past 7 opening day games and we have met many players –yes the organization is Great and for the most part so are the players
    but over the last 1 1/2 years what I have outlined above has remained a constant..
    This is why we are LOSING!!!!

 
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