Mike Wallace (left) is ending his lengthy holdout and returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Hugh Gentry / Reuters)

He wasn’t on the practice field, but at least he was in the building late this morning, after rumblings and reports that he would end his holdout today.

The 26-year-old wideout will miss the final preseason game and will be ready when the regular season opens...and those regular-season paychecks kick in. The third pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Wallace had better be a fast learner; he’ll have nine days in which to pick up Todd Haley’s new offense.

“It feels great” to be back, he told James Harrison in a short interview Harrison posted on Facebook and said he’d been studying the playbook.

“I’m already ready, man. I know the playbook in and out for the most part.”

Wallace, a restricted free agent, turned down a one-year, $2.742-million tender in favor of a holdout that became Pittsburgh’s longest since 1990, when No. 1 pick Eric Green missed the first four regular-season games. He had hoped to sign a long-term contract but lost some leverage when Pittsburgh re-signed another receiver, Antonio Brown, to a six-year, $42.5 million contact on the second day of training camp.

With no offers from, say, the New England Patriots or San Francisco 49ers, Wallace’s leverage grew more limited. He has until Week 1 to nail down a long-term deal with the Steelers.

Now, over to you, Maurice Jones-Drew.

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