Dupree in concussion protocol after entertaining night practice

Physicality, Shazier highlight annual event

Josh Rowntree
August 03, 2018 - 10:58 pm
The Steelers practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium during 2018 training camp

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Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree has been placed in concussion protocol following the team’s annual night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. 

Dupree’s injury did not occur during a physical period of back-on-backers, a popular drill in which tight ends and running backs work on pass protection but, instead, occurred in a following drill.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said that none of the injuries carried “any significance,” at least not at this point. 

Wide receiver Darrius Hayward-Bey (back/neck), offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor (shoulder), Coty Sensabaugh (back) all were added to the Steelers injury report.

Others were able to return, particularly members of the secondary.

“[We're> Getting good participation from some of those guys working their way back,” Tomlin said. “Some of those defensive backs that missed a couple days. [Morgan> Burnett, Artie Burns, Sean Davis were full participants today and that’s a good thing.”

Some veteran players were given the night off, such as Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward and Maurkice Pouncey. Antonio Brown was not in attendance after being sent back to Pittsburgh to have an injury evaluated. 

“I want to see some of these young guys in this environment,” Tomlin added. “We’ll step into a stadium next week for our first time and there will be a lot of firsts for young guys. So, I really wanted to get a good feel to how they responded to this environment tonight.”

Backs-on-backers highlights

The drill is one of the must-watch moments of camp, and the standout performance of the night went to Steelers running back James Conner. 

Thought to be a pass-blocking liability during his rookie season, Conner appears to have taken a large step this year. 

“I just liked his demeanor. Demeanor is a lot in a drill like that where it’s slanted to the defense. I want to see him rise up against the adversity. I thought he did that and I thought, because he went first and displayed that attitude, I though largely his group followed. 

One player that certainly seemed to follow was rookie running back Jaylen Samuels. 

Earlier in this camp, Tomlin sent Samuels out five times in a row during the drill, with Samuels failing to impress. But, Friday night, he more than held his own against Pittsburgh’s pass rushers. 

Fifth-year running back Fitzgerald Toussaint struggled at the drill, fanning on multiple blocks. 

Impressive moment for Shazier

Injured Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier attended the practice and spent a good while signing autographs for the hoards of fans lined up along the stadium’s fence. 

Shazier walked, without the assistance of a cane, for a fairly long distance around the stadium’s track. 

Hear what Tomlin had to say below.