OT Starks, Steelers near deal

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The Steelers could be bringing back a familiar face to help their injury-plagued and struggling offensive line.

Max Starks, released before the start of training camp, was at the team's South Side facility Tuesday night and is close to signing a deal to return to the team for whom he has started 75 games, including postseason, in his seven-year career, team sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Starks missed the second half of 2010 with a neck injury that kept him from working out during the offseason. That caused him to be overweight and out of shape and forced the Steelers to release him. Starks has lost 60 pounds since then and is closer to his listed weight of 345 pounds

The Steelers will have to release a player to make room for Starks, who will provide depth on the line and is not being brought in to be an immediate starter.


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