Tomlin Press Conference Notes
*Daniel Sepulveda will have surgery on Friday to have his ACL repair. Should be a normal recovery, according to
The Steelers worked out several candidates and signed punter Jeremy Kapinos’ this afternoon. He represented himself nicely today, ” Tomlin said.
Tomlin said Kapinos ability to be a holder on kicks was a consideration but was not the determining factor. Kapinos entered today’s competition as the front runner.
Kapinos has played for three NFL teams and is a former All-American at Penn State. Kapinos averaged 43.8 yards per punt for the Green Bay Packers last season.
*Flozell Adams has a mild high ankle sprain. His availability is unknown but he shouldn’t miss significant time. Trai Essex will start at right tackle for Adams if he’s not available. The good news is that the injury is not deemed serious.
*Aaron Smith had an MRI today and is doing very well. Tomlin said Smith will have another MRI in two weeks to see where he is. He is lifting weights and his rehab remains on schedule as we reported yesterday.
Heath Miller is doubtful for this week, according to Tomlin. He’s still having concussion symptoms. Tight end Matt Spaeth is expected to be cleared to play.
Ben Roethlisberger had surgery on Monday and will wear a face sheild this week. His availability is not in question this week.
Tomlin said to look at the stat sheet was encouraging to see young guys like Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and David Johnson stepping up and making contributions.
Tomlin in fact had a lot of praise for Emmanuel Sanders who Tomlin said his special teams tackle late in the game was one of the most important plays of the game.
On the Steelers playing with one tight end: “Little uncomfortable playing with one tight end out there, but there are a lot of things that are uncomfortable in the NHL this of year, ” Tomlin said.
Tomlin said that Matt Spaeth will handle all of the duties Heath Miller does. Tomlin said the standard for him will be Heath like.
Tomlin on Ziggy Hood: “Ziggy Hood is a young guy taking advantage of an opportunity, getting some production.