Tackle Max Starks said he is gradually moving closer to returning to practice, but isn’t ready to say when he will be out on the field just yet.
“I feel good. I got a great workout in,” said Starks. “I got in the hot tub. I feel like I am closer. It’s up to the doctor’s and trainer’s discretion. Everything they have put in front of me I have done pretty well, at least in my eyes. They make their own notes. I feel like I am coming along nicely.”
Starks has been working on one of the side fields during practice with other players that are on the PUP list, pushing a little further each day.
“We have been running every day,” said Starks. “Everything has felt good. I haven’t had any setbacks or any type of swelling. I feel like I am getting along, doing more agility stuff and position specific work. We’ll see when Dr. (James) Bradley gets here and if I can do something limited, at least something individual. We’ll see.”
Coach Mike Tomlin has already ruled Starks out of Sunday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field, and Starks knows that it still is going to take a little more time to get his knee in game ready condition.
“You want to give it time to make sure it’s sturdy,” said Starks. “We take on a lot of force and you have to be able to push, hold and redirect with somebody on you. It’s going to take more time to get back in the swing of things.”
With left tackle Mike Adams day-to-day with a knee injury Starks would love to be able to contribute, but knows he can’t right now.
“I would like to get on the field and be able to participate and be in the competition but I think the biggest thing is making sure I am 100 percent,” said Starks.
Among the workouts he has done during camp was pushing a Toro on the field during practice, something he said was easy.
“The Toro is pretty light. I am used to pushing bigger vehicles,” said Starks. “We had guys sitting in it to give it a little more weight. Once it starts rolling it’s on wheels so it’s easy. It’s not like a human being with cleats on, that is trying to stand still and not move. It’s to give us resistance and the leg drive of driving off people and pushing them.”
During the offseason Starks did similar workouts, just with larger vehicles.
“We push trucks and other apparatus that have a lot of weight,” said Starks. “We push Escalades, Suburbans. We aren’t doing the world’s strongest man where we are tugging a semi, but we thought about it.”
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