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Steelers teammate rips LaMarr Woodley for being 'awful'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

This past year ended poorly for the Steelers, with Pittsburgh missing the playoffs. Lots of players dealt with injuries, including linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who played in just 13 games.

But to hear one of his teammates tell it -- staying anonymous, obviously -- Woodley's injuries and "awful" performance (four sacks on the year) were because "he wasn't in shape."

"He was awful," an anonymous Steelers player told Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He tells us he works out, but we didn't see it. He wasn't in shape. That has to be a reason why he was always hurt."

Anonymous teammates are just the worst, aren't they? (A: Yes, they are.) And safety Ryan Clark, appearing on NFL AM on Monday, said he thinks that it's a result of the Steelers not being as close-knit as they used to be.

"That shows that this team that is normally close, you had the Joey Porters, the Alan Fanecas, just down the line, leader after leader, this team was close-knit," Clark said. "It shows there is a fracture in that. I think that is the most disappointing thing about that coming out."

What's interesting about Clark's comments is that he doesn't say "what bothers me most is how untrue the comments are." His biggest issue is that the comment was made, which makes you wonder whether he agrees.

Regardless, the fabric of the Steelers is going to change moving forward as well: Pittsburgh's cap situation means there's plenty of potential change on the horizon.

Woodley and fellow linebacker James Harrison are part of the plan in 2013 it sounds like, and Clark, via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, said Woodley is already in Arizona training.

We'll see if the comments motivate him; if he's aggressively working out this early into the offseason, it's a good bet that he's feeling some pressure to improve on 2012. And if he does, the Steelers are a good bet to be competitive once again, even though the 2013 roster is all but guaranteed to feature a few different faces from last year's rendition.

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