The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at it after a short break following their first preseason action .Manyfamiliar faces returned as well! Lets now take a look at the news and notes from Tuesday’s practice…
<> Mike Tomlin spoke after practice…
Mike Tomlin:”Great afternoon of work getting back out here on the field working. [It was] very much in the manner that it was prior to our first game. We worked some situations, third-down, red zone, no-huddle, things of that nature. Good general enthusiasm. We got a lot of guys back, and hopefully that continues. These guys need to state a case for themselves in terms of etching out a role, and participation is a part of that. We’ve got a few things from an injury standpoint. We’ve got to get a surgery for Shaun Suisham. That will transpire tomorrow. I’ll update his status after the procedure. I think that’s appropriate. We’ve had some other guys in a similar situation. Cameron Stingily is getting his knee operated on tomorrow as well. I’ll update you on both of those procedures after they’re done. We had some guys work their way back into the mix today. DeAngelo Williams and a couple of the wide receivers, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton worked in a limited capacity. Some of the guys that have been out are back in. Some of the guys that continue to be out are Robert Golden with his knee injury, Dan McCullers with his hamstring injury, and Ross Ventrone. All of these guys are rehabbing in some form or fashion. Hopefully they’ll work their way back to us. You can include Vince Williams in there as well. Bruce Gradkowski’s throwing the ball some. We’ll see how his body responds to the work and proceed from there, accordingly. Some new [injuries] today. [Jordan] Zumwalt has a groin injury. I don’t know the status of that, we’ll take a look at him. More than anything, we’ll continue to push forward. We’re excited about our next opportunity this week on the road in Jacksonville.”
<>The offense ruled the day once again in the 7 shots goal line drill going 4-3.
QB Ben Roethlisberger was perfect in his three attemps,hitting RB Le’Veon Bell, TE Heath Miller and WRAntonio Brown for touchdowns.
QB Landry Jones was 1-2 hitting WR Sammie Coates for a touchdown.
<> New Steelers kicker Garrett Hartley took the field for the first time as a Steeler.Mike Tomlin spoke about Hartley ….
Mike Tomlin:“He’s an established guy,he’s a been-there-done-that guy. We’ll get to know him along the way.”
A lot of players returned to practice including WR Martavis Bryant, WRMarkus Wheaton (limited), RB Josh Harris, CBCortez Allen, S Shamarko Thomas, RBDeAngelo Williams, G Ramon Foster and LBJarvis Jones but the biggest name to return was LB James Harrison .
Harrison spoke about his return…
James Harrison: “I finally got out here and got a feel for playing football again,repetition builds muscle memory, the more you are out here, the more you’re doing it, the easier it becomes.”
“I feel all right. It’s day one. I’ve got four preseason games to get back in the swing of it before the regular season starts. It’s just day one. I did what was expected for day one.”
Mike Tomlin spoke on Harrison’s return…
Mike Tomlin: “I know when you get 92 back in the uniform that changes the climate a little bit,I think it did today.”
Tweets of the Day…
#Steelers training camp started today. So much more interesting with Harrison, Martavis and the RBs in action.
Still no QB Bruce Gradkowski, who is throwing on side but remains on PUP
New Steelers Hartley on field, has No. 8
Steelers waive injured WR Devin Gardner, hurt Sunday in game
James Harrison returns to the practice field in pads. First 11 training camp practices he was in sweats.
Player told me the other day that this will be official start of training camp. So much for first 11 practices.
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