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December 6, 2013

Steelers, Dolphins look to find way in packed AFC

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WALLACE’S HOMECOMING: Miami wide receiver Mike Wallace spent four seasons in Pittsburgh, developing into one of the league’s top deep threats and making the Pro Bowl in 2011. What Wallace didn’t get, however, was a long-term contract from the Steelers, at least not one he wanted to sign. He took $60 million and fled to Miami last spring, and for all the thrills he provided, he has no doubt what Heinz Field is going to sound like when his No. 17 flashes onto the video board.

“I don’t think everything ended on the highest note,” Wallace said. “I know between myself and the organization, we all know what the deal was, so I am good with it.”

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TOMLIN’S TANGO:  Tomlin called his foray onto the field against the Ravens when he nearly tripped Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones “embarrassing, inexcusable, illegal, a blunder.” He stressed it wasn’t intentional and remains adamant it will not provide a distraction.

“The only thing we can control is our preparation and, ultimately, our play this week,” he said. “That’s the now and what’s immediately ahead of us. I try to relay that sentiment and attitude to our team, and I think it’s something they embrace.”

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CORRALING CLAY: The rapid development of third-year tight end Charles Clay has given Tannehill more options when defenses turn their attention to Wallace and Brian Hartline. Clay’s next score will give him as many this season as he had in his first two seasons combined.  He’ll be facing a defense that has struggled at times against talented tight ends and will start two rookies at linebacker.

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