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Veteran LB Foote says Steelers plan to trade or release him

Veteran linebacker Larry Foote said Tuesday that he doesn't expect to be with the Pittsburgh Steelers much longer.

Foote, who has only played for the Steelers in his seven-year NFL career, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he wants to be a starting linebacker on a team that will accommodate him. He also said that he can't grow on a team that also has 2007 first-round draft pick Lawrence Timmons.

According to Foote, Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert told him Tuesday that the team was trying to trade him but would release him if that didn't work out. However, Colbert called reports that Foote would be traded or released "erroneous," according to mlive.com.

Foote told the Detroit Free Press that his first choice would be to play for his hometown team, the Detroit Lions. But Foote said it's unclear if the Lions want him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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