By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports LATROBE _ For a day at least, Ziggy Hood got a promotion. He moved up to second-team left defensive end. During team drills Monday afternoon, Hood and fellow rookie defensive lineman Ra’Shon “Sonny” Harris practiced with the second stringers.
By Mike Bires Tuesday’s Afternoon Practice LATROBE _ Hines Ward has not practiced since Saturday. But he insists he’s not hurt. “I’m OK,” said Ward, a 33-year-old, 12th-year pro. “That’s Coach (Mike) Tomlin. If he wants to give a guy off, that’s up to him.” On Friday when the Steelers reported to camp, Tomlin said he would take it easy on several veterans in the first week or so of camp. He’s doing just that.”
By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports LATROBE _ Stefan Logan, the tiniest player on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp roster, was in his glory Tuesday morning. During a practice devoted primarily to special teams, Logan was among five players used to return kickoffs. This is the chance he’s been waiting for.
By Mike Bires LATROBE _ Mike Tomlin liked the “spirit of the group” at Monday’s practice. He called it a productive day. But the coach didn’t appreciate the poor training camp etiquette he saw. There were times at the afternoon workout that some players pushed and shoved each other after a play. He also thought that some of the practice periods were not run efficiently. In one instance, nose tackle Scott Paxson and guard Ramon Foster almost came to blows after they locked arms for several seconds after a pass rushing/passing blocking drill.
By Mike Bires LATROBE _ Don’t be alarmed, Steelers Nation. Ben Roethlisberger is not having a bad camp. It’s just that his right arm is not in tip-top shape just yet. “It’s frustrating at times,” said Roethlisberger, the Steelers’ two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. “(I’m) trying to make the throws I can make later in the year, but my arm isn’t ready for it.” After Monday’s practice, Roethlisberger said he’s a little frustrated with his performance during the first three days of training camp. “I think I have a pick every day in practice,” he said. Yes, “Big Ben” has thrown an interception during 11-on-11 drills in each of the past three days. Roethlisberger said he was also upset that he didn’t connect on a few deep passes Monday. But coach Mike Tomlin isn’t about to panic. “We misconnected on a couple of deep balls, but it didn’t look likeRead More »
By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports Several Pittsburgh Steelers starters missed Monday morning’s practice, including offensive lineman Darnell Stapleton. As the team worked out, Stapleton watched atop a hillside surrounding the athletic fields at St. Vincent College. If he was hurt, why wasn’t Stapleton on the field like the rest of the players who didn’t practice? Or was he banished for doing something wrong?
By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports One of the highlights of practice was when the Steelers worked on their “hurry-up” offense and defense. The ball was placed near midfield and 1:12 was put on the clock. The offense had to score a touchdown, the defense tried to prevent it. The first-team offense
RAIN DAMPENS PRACTICE Despite a 20-minute shower late Sunday afternoon, the Steelers kept on practicing. Never did the rain fall hard enough that practice had to be stopped. When it started to rain around 4:25 p.m., most of the fans in attendance headed for home. But 20 minutes later, the rains let up and the Steelers’ practice fields were still in near-perfect condition. The Steelers didn’t even consider moving to the field with a newly installed artificial surface. “We don’t worry about the things that we can’t control, the weather being one of them,” Tomlin said. “We came out here to work today, and I thought they did. They maintained focus throughout the rain, which is great. There was no lightning, so there was no real danger. I thought we had a very productive day.” TIMMONS MISSES PRACTICE Linebacker Lawrence Timmons didn’t practice for what Tomlin said was cramps. TimmonsRead More »