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Kaboly: Keisel hasn’t ruled out playing somewhere else next year

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Brett KeiselBrett Keisel referred to himself as a Yinzer.

He also said, quite emphatically, that he bleeds Black and Gold.

He also made it known that he plans to raise his family in Pittsburgh once his playing days are done with the Steelers.

While his days left as a Steeler might be numbered – as in less than two weeks – that doesn’t necessarily mean that the man affectionately known as “The Beard” is done playing football.

Keisel said following practice on Thursday that although he would love to come back next year with the Steelers, the 35-year-old has yet to rule out playing somewhere else next year.

“It’s possible,” Keisel said. “I feel like I can stay play. We will see what happens. I try not to think about it too much because I am still here and still part of the team and still fighting with these guys. When the time comes I will sit down with my family and decide what is best.”

Keisel is in the final year of his 5-year, $18.85 million contract he signed in 2009.

The Steelers spent the past two offseasons making their defense younger by purging veteran talent like James Farrior, Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton and James Harrison.

In those instances, the organization made the decision for the player by not offering them a contract to return or release them. That could happen again with Keisel.

“That’s very possible and the nature of the business that we are in,” Keisel said. “Everybody is getting younger and whatever happens, I am grateful for the time I have been here and the success that we have had. I want us to go out strong and go out on a positive note.”

Keisel is still nursing a foot injury that’s kept him out of the majority of the past five games.

He is expected to play Sunday in Green Bay.

“I have had enough of standing around, I am a worker bee,” Keisel said.

Keisel, a seventh-round pick in 2002 out of BYU, has 35 tackles, two sacks and 23 quarterback hurries/pressures.

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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

 
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