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Woodley proving to be divisive issue for Steelers

Linebacker's injuries, conditioning at core of the debate. Terry McCormick

Print This February 18, 2013, 11:55 AM EST

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley's conditioning, or perhaps lack thereof, is causing a bit of a rift with the club this off-season.

Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted an anonymous teammate as saying Woodley was "awful" and that his conditioning was a factor in the linebacker being injured of late.

"He was awful," the anonymous teammate said. "He tells us he works out, but we didn't see it. He wasn't in shape. That has to be a reason why he was always hurt."

Safety Ryan Clark now is upset that the unrevealed teammate aired the Steelers' dirty laundry in the media, and said so to NFL AM via NFL.com.

"My biggest problem with that is not LaMarr, or is not someone's feelings about LaMarr," Clark said. "My problem is now it's public. We were talking about the Ravens earlier, we were talking about the brotherhood, we were talking about the family that they were. We all have arguments with our brothers, sisters, cousins, but that stays in-house. What you talk about then stays there and it doesn't get out to the public. So that is the problem. ...

"That shows that this team that is normally close, you had the Joey Porters, the Alan Fanecas, just down the line, leader after leader, this team was close-knit. It shows there is a fracture in that. I think that is the most disappointing thing about that coming out."

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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