Veteran defensive Brett Keisel remains unsigned, but Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is honoring him during the first team practice of training camp by wearing a yellow jersey with the No. 99 on it.
This does not surprise me one bit and I even talked about that being a possibility a month ago when Roethlisberger discussed a possible return of Keisel during his golf tournament.
“I think he looks good,” Roethlisberger said of Keisel back in June. “I think if he has to miss training camp, I don’t think he’ll be too upset with that. I think we should bring him in right as training camp is over, even though he’s my roommate in training camp. I’d like for him to be there. We always have a good time, but I think that he should come back and another year of leadership would be great.”
During the offseason, Keisel’s agent said that his client would rather retire than play for the minimum. However, Keisel reportedly has yet to clean out his locker at the Steelers facility and that leads one to believe that there’s still a chance that he will be re-signed prior to the start of the regular season.
On Friday, Keisel wished the players luck on his Twitter account. This will be the first year that he’s not been at Latrobe for the start of training camp since 2002.
— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) July 26, 2014