Game(s) over: Tomlin bans table games from Steelers' locker room

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Upset by the team's failure to win a game this season, Mike Tomlin has made another move he hopes will get the Steelers back on the winning track.

He has banned all players, veterans included, from playing games in the locker room.

Tomlin has taken away the pool cues, ping-pong paddles and shuffleboard discs that were as much a part of the South Side locker room as the players themselves. And, according to several veteran players, he won't return them until the Steelers get "back on track."

"No more entertainment in the locker room," said one veteran player, who did not want to be identified.

Several weeks ago, the 10 players who remain from the 2008 Super Bowl team decided to prohibit players with less than four years of experience from playing pool, ping-pong or shuffleboard in the locker room.

At the time, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the decision was made to prevent the young players from "getting comfortable" in the locker room and maybe force them to study their playbook or get treatment, if necessary.

Tomlin even agreed with the decision of the veteran players. Now, after the team's 0-4 start, he has gone one step further, banning even the older guys from having fun.

Asked if Tomlin will return the games once the Steelers manage a victory, another veteran player said, "I don't know. He never said."

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Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com; twitter: @gerrydulac First Published October 10, 2013 9:57 AM


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