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Steelers' Keisel unsung no more

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By Mike Wilkening

Steelers DRE Brett Keisel has drawn a lot of attention for, of all things, his flowing beard. On the field, he's a key — and no longer unsung — member of one of the NFL's top defenses. Despite missing five regular-season games, Keisel was voted a Pro Bowl first alternate, and he was named to take Colts DE Dwight Freeney's spot on the roster on Jan. 15. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Keisel played particularly well after returning to the lineup in Week 13, notching 21 tackles, defending six passes and recording a pair of sacks in the final five games of the regular season. Solid vs. the run, Keisel brings some pass-rush ability, possessing the strength and quickness to be a tough matchup, especially if aligned vs. a left guard. Keisel's athleticism was on full display when he returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown at Tampa Bay in Week Three. Twice, Keisel cut back for running room, and he finished strongly.

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