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No surgery for Steelers' Casey Hampton

Nose tackle Casey Hampton avoided knee surgery this offseason, according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The five-time Pro Bowl player will recover from the ACL injury with rest and treatment.

But there's still another issue facing Hampton and his return to the Steelers. Hampton is scheduled to make $5 million in 2012, which is the final year of his deal. With the Steelers expected to be well over the projected salary cap, the team could be forced to restructure his deal or release the 11-year veteran.

Pittsburgh could also lose longtime backup Chris Hoke, who might retire. That would leave the Steelers with Steve McLendon as the only experienced nose tackle on the roster.

In other news, the Tribune-Review reported that Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey underwent surgery on his left ankle and guard Doug Legursky is scheduled to have shoulder surgery today.