Steelers DE Brett Keisel Set To Be 5th Oldest Defensive Player In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel will return for a 13th season in 2014, but you might be surprised to know that the soon-to-be 36-year-old is still not in the top-four oldest defensive players still in the league.

Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson currently gets the honor of being the oldest defensive player in the league in 2014 and he will turn 38 in October. Woodson is followed by Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham, who turned 36 in May.

You still have would have to go through New Orleans Saints cornerback Champ Bailey (36) and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (35) before getting to Keisel on the oldest defensive player list for 2014.

James Farrior was the last Steelers defensive player to play a season in Pittsburgh at age 36. In 2011, the longtime inside linebacker played in 14 games and recorded 78 total tackles and two sacks.

Keisel didn’t play Thursday night in the third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he hopes to get some snaps in during the exhibition finale this coming Thursday night at Heinz Field against the Carolina Panthers.

“I feel like I need to get the pads on and get out there and get going,” Keisel told “I want to get some practices in me. Just getting out there and playing, the stop and go, the change of direction, stuff like that. There are certain things you can train in, but really until you play the game you’re not going to be in the type of shape that you need to be in to be a good, consistent player. So I have a week or so to get there and I look forward to doing that.

“I would like to get some game snaps and see what happens. Everything is up to Coach (Mike) Tomlin. We’ll see what he wants to do and see how I do in practice this week and go from there.”

The Steelers are reportedly off on Sunday and will resume practicing again on Monday.

  • Nolrog

    I’m really glad they brought him back. I thought he still played decently last year, and could contribute for another year while the defense is revamped.

  • treeher

    From what I’ve seen so far, he can’t do any worse.

  • cencalsteeler

    If they brought back Kiesel, why wouldn’t they give a set of pads to Mike Sellars as well?

  • CodeNameJerk

    They shouldn’t be getting any days off.

  • Billwatkins

    I feel your conclusions on the broken defense are on the spot. I cried when the picked the slowest, weakest and least athletic JJ last year when guys like Rhodes, Patterson, Eiffert,Ertz etc,,,were left on the board.And I agree with bringing back Harrison for one year. He is a gym Vietnamese rat always nasty and in shape. I don’t see Jarvis as nothing more than a bust. He fell 13 spots before the bargain basement pick. Colbert’s biggest mistake alon with k. Lewis.

  • JohnB

    It still shocks me everytime I see Woodson out there..