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Steelers Notebook from Tuesday’s OTA

By Mike Bires
So what did James Harrison have to say about his pit bull dog biting his son?
The star linebacker isn’t saying.
Harrison, whose 2-year-old son was bitten by his pit bull dog last Wednesday, evaded the media who attended Tuesday’s organized team activity.
Harrison’s son has been in UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh recovering from a severe bite to the thigh. He’s expected to be released from the hospital any day now.
James Harrison III has been in Children’s Hospital since the incident. He’s may be discharged any day now.
The boy was bitten by Harrison’s pit bull “Patron” when the child’s mother, Beth Tibbott, left the dog out of its cage. Tibbott does not live with Harrison and his son.
The incident happened at Harrison’s home in Franklin Park, a community in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.
Triangle Pet Control Services of McKees Rock has custody of the dog and is expected to put it to death via lethal injection later this week.

For the sixth of 14 allowed OTAs, several players did not attend Tuesday’s workout. Among them were three starters: nose tackle Casey Hampton, defensive end Brett Keisel, safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Santonio Holmes. Also missing were backup cornerback Deshea Townsend and backup safety Tyrone Carter.
Remember, OTAs are not mandatory. They are strictly voluntary.
“We do not take attendance,” coach Mike Tomlin said.
The only Steeler not attending OTAs is strong safety Troy Polamalu, who chooses to work out with a personal trainer in Southern California. Ward and free safety Ryan Clark are atendings OTAs but not practicing due to off-season shoulder surgery.
Because of rain, the Steelers practiced indoors Tuesday.
And for no specific reason, the Steelers wore yellow-gold helmets instead of their customary black ones.
The yellow-gold helmets are worn when the Steelers wear their “throwback” uniforms.
The source within the Steelers’ organization says that a date for the Super Bowl ring presentation has been set. He wouldn’t give the exact date, but did say it will happen the second week of June at a private ceremony, probably at Heinz Field.
There’s also word that the Steelers will start training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe on Thursday, July 30.
The first of four preseason games is Aug. 13, a Thursday, against the Arizona Cardinals.
They open the regular season on Sept. 10, another Thursday, against the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field.

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