The Pittsburgh Steelers opened the preseason on Thursday night. Wide receiver Mike Wallace was not with the team as his holdout for a new contract continues. Pittsburgh can at least take some comfort in the news out Friday that Wallace has been working out in Florida, which seems to be the preferred destination for holdouts wanting to stay in shape.
Wallace's condition coach, Tom Shaw, bragged on his client Friday afternoon, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
— Alan Robinson (@arobinson_Trib) August 10, 2012
@tribsports has learned Mike Wallace has been working out the last 2 weeks in Florida. Conditioning coach says he's "fast as lightning."
Lightning just so happens to be pretty fast, the speed of light to be specific. Lightning travels 186,000 miles per second. Wallace's speed is at a more reasonable level according to Shaw, who says his client has been running as fast as Fabian Washington, who ran a 4.25 at the 2005 Scouting Combine. But there is no telling what he runs these days.
Shaw offered a prediction that Wallace would not be holding out much longer.
The conditioning coach also works with Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor.
So what did we learn Friday about Wallace's status? He is staying in game shape, supposedly, and his conditioning coach thinks that he will be back in camp soon. You should feel completely underwhelmed at the non-news news, especially after it was teased with this tweet:
Going to have some Mike Wallace news for you in a few minutes. Stay tuned.— Alan Robinson (@arobinson_Trib) August 10, 2012