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Big Ben: Sanders meant no disrespect

PITTSBURGH -- Some quick hits from the Steelers' first open locker room of the week:

-- The somersault that landed Emmanuel Sanders on his back last Sunday also landed on Mike Tomlin’s list of prohibited activities. Players said they didn’t have a problem with Tomlin banning such celebrations, though quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also defended Sanders. “E was not trying to make the other team look bad,” Roethlisberger said. “He was genuinely excited.” Roethlisberger later joked, “If I ever somersault it’s going to be one of those little kids ones where I put my hands down and just roll right over.”

-- Some of the veteran players have been talking to the rookies or plan to talk to them about what it is like to play in a Ravens-Steelers game. “I don’t think they have a clue,” Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown said. “There’s nothing like firsthand experience.”

-- Kelvin Beachum is preparing for his second start at left tackle -- and a heavy dose of Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Beachum, who can play every position along the offensive line, has been working exclusively at left tackle since the Steelers demoted Mike Adams. And the second-year man said he doesn’t know if he would move in the event of an in-game injury. "I’m doing what they ask me day by day, finding ways to get better at the position they put me in," he said. "Whenever they change their mind they change their mind, but as of right now I have to make sure I’m the best left tackle I can be.”

-- Linebacker Sean Spence returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a career-threatening knee injury in the final preseason game of 2012. Spence was only slated to do some individual drills, but the practice represented a significant marker in the former third-round draft pick's long road back. “I think it’s a blessing for this whole team,” free safety Ryan Clark said of Spence’s return, “and also it’s an example for this team with perseverance and with prayer and with hard work [what] can be accomplished.”