Shortly after arriving at St. Vincent College, Ziggy Hood and Heath Miller held court for the media to discuss their recently signed contracts. Hood, a rookie defensive end who was the Steelers’ first-round pick in this year’s draft, agreed to a five-year deal reportedly worth $8.7 million, a $6.1 million signing bonus included. “I’m ready to go to work,”

Day1: Steelers already dealing with injuries


By Mike Bires Already, the Steelers are dealing with some injuries, albeit minor ailments. During a Friday afternoon press briefing, coach Mike Tomlin announced that tight end Heath Miller may be limited in practice in the first few days of training camp as he recuperates from sports hernia surgery. Miller had the operation in June. Miller needed surgery after his senior season at Virginia for a sports hernia. “I don’t know if it is directly related to what he has dealt with in the past,” Tomlin said. “We were quickly able to address it because he is familiar with what it feels like. He didn’t go to the last couple of (organized team activities in June). “We had it looked at, acted pretty quickly and he should be ready to go. We are going to proceed with caution so that when fatigue sets in, and things of that nature, weRead More »

Steelers not interested in Michael Vick


Just before noon Friday, someone called the “Stan, Guy and Chris” show” on ESPN 1250 Radio Pittsburgh and claimed to be a cab driver who had just taken Michael Vick to Steelers’ headquarters on the South Side of Pittsburgh. The anonymous caller added fuel to rumors started Monday week after NFL analyst Chris Mortensen said on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that the Steelers would be a perfect fit for Vick. The cab driver’s phone call prompted reporters at camp to ask several Steelers about the possibility of Vick playing with the Steelers now that he’s served a 23-month prison sentence for his role in an illegal dog-fighting operation. While a few Steelers said they wouldn’t mind seeing Vick in Pittsburgh ­­_ “We’d welcome him with open arms,”

Fans Guide to Steelers Training Camp


SCHEDULE The Steelers will be at St. Vincent College in Latrobe for three weeks. Players must report by 4 p.m. on July 31. Camp breaks on Aug. 21. After reporting, they will take part in the run test later that day. The run test is closed to the pub­lic. The Steelers have 29 scheduled practices. On 11 days, they will practice twice, first in the morning and then in the afternoon. On seven days, they practice just once, in the afternoon. The first of the two-a-days is Saturday. Morning practices are always closed to the public. The afternoon practices, and one night workout, are open to the public. Afternoon practices begin at 2:55 p.m. and generally last until 5 p.m. The one night practice (Friday, Aug. 7) at Memorial Stadium in downtown Latrobe starts at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge for any practice held at St. Vincent. ThereRead More »

Steelers enter camp with high hopes of repeating as champions


By Mike Bires One by one, the Pittsburgh Steelers will pull into St. Vincent College today for what figures to be a most interesting training camp. This is the 43rd straight year they’ve settled into their summertime digs in the Laurel Highlands, but seldom, if ever, have they come to Latrobe with so many intriguing issues on the table.