In what might be an indication that an end to the National Football League labor strife is nearing, the Steelers are still planning to hold training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, team president Art Rooney II said today.
While at least three teams have already canceled plans to stage training camp at their usual off-site locations, the Steelers continue to hold out hope they will be able to report on time for the start of their 46th consecutive year at St. Vincent -- the second-longest streak at one location in the NFL.
"We are still planning to go," Rooney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Steelers have not scheduled a starting date for the official opening of camp, but it likely will be the weekend of July 29-31, which would be two weeks before their first preseason game Aug. 12 against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. Teams are allowed to report to training camp no more than 15 days before their first preseason game.
That, though, depends on the resolution of the lockout that exists between the owners and NFL players. The Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants and New York Jets have already canceled their plans to hold training camp at off-site locations.
"Obviously, we may get to the point where we have to make adjustments," Rooney said. "But we will hold on as long as we can."