Known as one of, if not the best nose tackles in the league, the Steelers have always been able to count on Casey Hampton to be a force on their D-line. That is until today. The Pro Bowl NT was placed by the team on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list after showing up to training camp overweight and unable to complete the teams annual run test.
“He’s overweight and he’s not conditioned enough to participate at this point,” coach Mike Tomlin said. Ouch. For a team that needs players like Hampton on their D-line to stop the run and rush the passer, this is clearly not good news. Word is Hampton, who is listed at 325 pounds, showed up well over that, and was at one point 30 yards behind on the run test, and completed five of the 8 100-yard sprints.
Tomlin explained to the media on hand that it was going to take sometime to get Hampton back in shape and back on the field. “Hopefully it doesn’t (take a long time), but he’s not going to wake up tomorrow and be ready to go. He’s got to go through a process, and we’ve got to take him through that process. We’ll just live day-to-day with it until he’s at an acceptable level of conditioning and weight.”
Hampton did not take part in the Steelers offseason workouts, but said he worked out on his own, and then said Sunday that the reason he was not there was to take care of personal business. If that played a part in his weight is not known, but what is known is as of now, he won’t be on the field till he gets in shape, and who knows when that will be.