Ward, Kemoeatu to open Steelers training camp on sidelines

Steelers reach terms with free agents Colon and Scott

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Starters Hines Ward and Chris Kemoeatu will open training camp with the Steelers on the sideline, placed on the physically unable to perform list until they overcome their injuries.

Ward had surgery on a thumb that has not sufficiently healed and Kemoeatu has swelling in a knee.

Also, coach Mike Tomlin today announced that five draft picks have been signed, leaving only two left -- first-round pick Cameron Heyward and third-rounder Curtis Brown. Signed to four-year contracts were Marcus Gilbert, Cortez Allen, Chris Carter, Keith Williams and Baron Batch.

In other developments, the Steelers this evening came to contract terms with their remaining two priorities in free agents, offensive tackles Willie Colon and Jonathan Scott.

Before he could jump in the shower and head to Latrobe, offensive tackle Willie Colon was jumping for joy after agreeing to a five-year contract with the Steelers for $29 million this evening.

"I'm happy . . . I could not see leaving,'' Colon said. "My happiness is in that room and with coach [Sean] Kugler.''

That room would be the one where line coach Sean Kugler gathers together his players for meetings, and they will be rejoined by another key member. Jonathan Scott, who started at left tackle after Max Starks' neck injury last November, also came to terms with the team this evening on a two-year contract.

Colon, who missed last season with an achilles injury after starting the previous three years at right tackle, said he accepted $3 million less over the life of the contract from the Steelers than what the Chicago Bears had offered him to join them.

"I know what I got in that room and on that team, '' Colon explained. "My happiness means more to me.''

It remains to be seen what now will become of 36-year-old tackle Flozell Adams, who reported to training camp on time. He has a $5 million salary and the Steelers would like to reduce that. Adams signed last summer and took over at right tackle for Colon, whose achilles was ruptured in June. Colon likely will be returned to start at right tackle.

At 36, it's doubtful the Steelers would move Adams to left tackle.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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