Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Morgan Burnett is just happy to be back on the field

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Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Morgan Burnett is just happy to be back on the field

.The veteran safety will play Sunday at home against Cleveland after missing the previous four games with a groin injury."It's good to get back into the flow of things and get back into a normal work week [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-t-shirts]Cleveland Browns T-Shirt[/url] ," Burnett said Friday. "As a competitor, you want to be out there, you don't want to miss anything, but I understand that comes with the game. This is a physical game, and you demand a lot from your body, but once it happened, being upset isn't going to help you heal faster."Burnett, in his ninth season, played in the Steelers' first two games against Cleveland and Kansas City, but he has been out since Sept. 16 with his injury. This week was the first time Burnett fully practiced three straight days without any setback."Everything felt good," Burnett said. "Everything went well this week. I definitely feel prepared and ready. I'm just trying to take positive steps forward."Burnett tried to practice before the Sept. 30 home game against Baltimore and the following week against Atlanta, but wasn't able to return."It wasn't quite ready and my body made sure it let me know that," Burnett said. "We went back to rehabbing and went from there. I just followed protocol [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-hats]Cleveland Browns Hats[/url] , and I did what the trainers asked me to do to try and get back as quick as possible."The 29-year-old Burnett spent his first eight seasons in Green Bay before signing a three-year, $14.5-million contract with the Steelers in the offseason. He started 102 games for the Packers and won a Super Bowl ring in 2011, when Green Bay beat Pittsburgh.The Steelers signed Burnett in hopes he could provide leadership to a young secondary group, but the veteran has spent most of his time in Pittsburgh watching from the sideline thanks to a steady stream of injuries. He missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury before his latest groin issue."I think it's your job as a professional to stay locked in," Burnett said. "You can't physically go out there, so you have to stay in tune mentally with the game plan."Defensive coordinator Keith Butler is excited to have Burnett back in the fold."We miss him and I'm glad he's back," Butler said. "I think Morgan gives us a little bit more opportunity to do some things that we haven't done. I think he'll help us."Rookie safety Terrell Edmunds has started the last four games in place of Burnett. The Steelers' first-round pick was supposed to spend his first season learning behind Burnett, but he has been thrown into the mix with favorable reviews.Still, Edmunds is glad to see Burnett healthy again."It's definitely nice to have him back, it's nice to have everybody back," Edmunds said. "It's just a good thing to have another leader in the secondary."Burnett just wants to make an impression during his first season in Pittsburgh and put his injury struggles in the past."It's tough, but that just comes with the business," Burnett said. "The only thing you can do is take it one day at a time and do all you can do to get back on the field."I just want to be accountable as a teammate and do my job to the best of my ability."NOTES: Starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss Sunday's game with a knee injury. Second-year lineman Matt Feiler will fill in and make his second start of the season at right tackle. Feiler also started the Steelers' first win of the season Sept. 24 at Tampa Bay. The Pittsburgh Steelers stressed all summer the need to avoid the kind of off-the-field distractions they couldn't seem to shake in 2017.So much for that.While the two-time defending AFC North champions hit the practice field on Monday to prepare for their Week 1 opener in Cleveland [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-hoodie]Cleveland Browns Hoodie[/url] , All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell was nowhere to be found. Bell still hasn't signed his one-year franchise tender or given any indication on when he might show up, leaving his teammates to answer for him."I'm not annoyed by (being asked about) it," guard Ramon Foster said, tongue firmly in cheek. "Who are you talking about? I didn't even notice."Center Maurkice Pouncey called Bell's absence "fine" and insisted it won't be an issue going forward."The team is so locked in and focused on what we've got to do at hand this weekend that whenever he comes, we'll welcome him with open arms," Pouncey said. "Hopefully he's in shape and ready to run the football."A year ago Bell skipped training camp, showed up on Labor Day and was ready to play in the opener, though he and the entire offense looked sluggish in narrow 21-18 victory over the Browns. Bell finished with 32 yards on 10 carries in Cleveland and didn't really get rolling until October."I think the whole offense started out kind of slow last year," Pouncey said. "To point out one thing at one person because he wasn't here (for camp) is totally wrong."Bell recovered in time to lead the NFL with 406 touches and likely would have won the league rushing title if he wasn't held out of a meaningless finale with Pittsburgh's playoff position already secure.The Steelers placed the franchise tag on him for a second straight spring hoping a long-term deal could be worked out. When the two sides failed to reach an agreement by the July 17th deadline, Bell offered an apology while promising that "2018 will be my best season to date."At the moment, it's a season that currently lacks a starting point.The players are off Tuesday, meaning Bell would have just three days of practice to get ready for the Browns if he signed his $14.5 million tender before the team took the field on Wednesday. That's not a lot of time regardless of Bell's pedigree.Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team was "disappointed" in Bell's late arrival, but will focus on preparing for Cleveland with the 53 men currently on the roster.If Bell is not available [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-customized]Youth Customized Cleveland Browns Jerseys[/url] , the Steelers will turn to second-year running back James Conner. The former Pitt star ran for 100 yards during limited action in the preseason and has won raves from his teammates for his improvement as both a blocker and a receiver."I feel like James has been in a great spot this entire camp," Foster said. "He's the one that's taken all the reps. And we've got (Stevan) Ridley who is an experienced hard downfield runner too. We'll be fine in the run game and focus on those guys over there."While Bell is missing, Josh Dobbs is still around. The second-year quarterback capped a stellar training camp by edging veteran Landry Jones for the right to be Ben Roethlisberger's backup.Dobbs, who threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the exhibition finale against Carolina, said he wasn't sure he made the team until offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner called him just minutes before rosters were trimmed from 90 to 53."I thought I played well when my opportunities came," Dobbs said. "I didn't know how it was going to shake out but I felt we prepared well and played well. We've just got to continue to improve moving forward."Rookie Mason Rudolph will be the third-stringer for now behind Dobbs and the 36-year-old Roethlisberger, who has been remarkably durable in recent seasons. Roethlisberger has missed just five games because of injury since the start of 2013.NOTES: The team selected Roethlisberger, Pouncey, defensive end Cam Heyward and kicker Chris Boswell as captains for the 2018 season. ... Pittsburgh re-signed S Nat Berhe on Monday and placed LB Ola Adeniyi on injured reserve.