MONDAY’S PRACTICE NOTES
— Head coach Mike Tomlin went with the choice to wear all black on Monday in the 90 degree heat, sporting black sweatpants and a black long sleeve shirt. “Just what’s clean,” Tomlin said.
— The Steelers got a few players back to practice on Monday that had missed time with injuries, including Daniel McCullers, Robert Golden, and Mike Mitchell. Stephon Tuitt among notables who sat out today.
— Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes to Dri Archer, Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton in the seven shots drill to open practice, which the offense won 4-3.
— Tight end Ray Hamilton, acquired off waivers from Dallas recently, had a touchdown catch in seven shots as well as looking good in one-on-one blocking drills. Hamilton also took a big hit from Terence Garvin in team drills but held on to the ball for a long catch.
— Safety Aldon Darby made a nice play in a one-on-one drill against Kenzel Doe, ripping the ball away from him to make a leaping interception in the end zone.
Ian Wild, all 6-0, 205 pounds of him, again was playing inside linebacker today. He made his presence known with a big hit on Braylon Heard. Wild continues to make a name for himself in camp for his ferocious hitting.
— Rookie cornerback Doran Grant continues to get thrown right into the fire, as he received a heavy dose of Antonio Brown again today in every drill. Grant went up against Brown in team drills and in one-on-ones, and for the most part held his own.
— In the punting competition, Brad Wing had a major advantage over Jordan Berry in hang time throughout practice Monday. The two have been neck and neck throughout camp so far.
— The Steelers have three practices left in Saint Vincent before they break camp on Saturday. After an off day on Tuesday, they will practice again on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.