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Steelers given three extra picks in final round

The Sports Xchange

--The Steelers picked up three seventh-round draft choices as compensatory picks: Numbers 240, 246 and 248, giving them four seventh-round picks.

The Steelers signed no unrestricted free agents last year and lost tight end Matt Spaeth (Bears), defensive end Nick Eason (Cardinals) and linebacker Keyaron Fox (Redskins).

"I don't understand the formula," coach Mike Tomlin said of how compensatory picks are issued. "We always make light of it because I don't. It's always a mystery to me, but I will take the picks."

--The Steelers were the only team to vote against allowing replay to be used without a coach's challenge on any turnover in a game.

"As far as we're concerned, that's why you have the coach's challenges," Steelers president Art Rooney said.

--Coach Mike Tomlin did not pull any punches when it came to oft-injured wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and tackle Willie Colon. Sanders has had problems with his feet and a knee, and Colon has missed all but one game over the past two seasons with injuries.

"You can't anticipate it's going to stop," he said of Sanders' injuries, although maintaining he is on track to recovery from his latest surgery. "The same could be said for Willie Colon."

"From a talent standpoint, we're never in a rebuilding mode, I think we're retooling." - General manager Kevin Colbert on the number of veterans lost by the Steelers this year.

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