Mike Wallace reported to the Steelers Tuesday, saying he hadn't wanted to be away from his teammates, but he was trying to take care of business.
The speedy receiver held out while attempting to get a long-term deal with the club, rather than sign his franchise-tag tender of 2.7 million for one season.
"I wanted to get something done," Wallace said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "My whole time, I never wanted to be away from my teammates. I love my teammates, and I love this organization. I never once wanted to be away. But that's the business side of it. We handled it the way we had to."
Wallace wont play in the Steelers final exhibition game, but he said he should be ready for the Steelers opener Sept. 9 in Denver.
"The first couple days, I might be a little more tired than some of the guys, but not because I'm not in shape," Wallace said. "It's because it's different with pads on. I'll be ready when it's time to go Sunday night against Denver. I'm ready to play ball."
New offensive coordinator Todd Haley, whose plays Wallace has to learn, didnt dismiss the idea of his being ready in a couple of weeks.
"It's not a running back or someone who has to be in the action of the game, Haley said. I think it's feasible he's ready to go when we start this thing up."
After all, how much learning does it take to execute when Ben Roethlisberger tells him to go long and outrun everybody for one of Big Bens heaves?