To the faithful readers of this blog - you know who you are, both of you:
Sorry about being MIA the past two weeks. I had some personal issues to attend to.
Those have been resolved and I am back. Hopefully, you'll be back as well.
Now, on to the issues that have been raised with the Steelers of late.
© An apparently erroneous report was picked up by Sports Illustrated's Peter King that the Steelers and Redskins had worked out a deal for Washington's 16th-overall section in last month's draft.
Presumably, the Steelers wanted to make the deal to move up to select Mike Pouncey.
Do I doubt the two teams talked about it? Nope.
But in retrospect, considering what the Steelers came out of the draft with, I'm sure they're just as pleased no such deal took place.
© Another story out there said that defensive end Aaron Smith is still not completely healed from the torn triceps muscle he suffered last season.
That makes acquiring Cameron Heyward with their first round pick all that much more important for the Steelers.
© Mediation has resumed between the NFL owners and its players. But it's unlikely to go anywhere as long as there are still cases regarding the lockout hanging around.
© I've been asked about the timing of a Minnesota court's temporary stay on the end of the lockout during the first couple of days of the draft and what effect that had.
There would have been a draft even had there been no ruling at that time.
The only thing that ruling did was allow those players selected in the first two rounds of the draft the opportunity to visit with their new team for a day and receive playbooks.
Had the lockout not been lifted, those players could not have had any contact with the team outside of a phone call letting them know they had been selected.