The Pittsburgh Steelers' locker room just got a lot less fun.
Several weeks after veterans banned younger players from taking part in locker room games like pool and ping-pong, coach Mike Tomlin has extended the edict to the entire team.
After losing to the Vikings two weeks ago, the Steelers are 0-4, their worst start since 1968.
"Nobody is really tripping about it," veteran safety Ryan Clark told ESPN of the new order. "We understand the spirit in which it's done in, and we're just playing football."
When the veterans banned younger players from locker room games, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said their intention was to encourage their younger teammates to focus on studying the playbook or getting treatment, if necessary.
While Tomlin agreed with the decision, he thought it was dividing the team. So when his squad continued to struggle, he extended the ban across all players.
"[Tomlin] just wanted everybody to be together because we're all in the losses together," Clark said. "We're all in the business of fixing this problem together, and we didn't want anything to divide us."
The Steelers travel to New Jersey to face the Jets this weekend.
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