Pro Bowlers Dealing with Injury

Steelers add a few more to the injury list

Jeff Hathhorn
August 01, 2018 - 6:42 pm

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Pro Bowlers Antonio Brown and Alejandro Villanueva left Steelers practice today with undisclosed injuries.  Head coach Mike Tomlin said they were minor injuries and called them day-to-day.  Also in that group was receiver James Washington, who left workouts early.

Tight end Vance McDonald and defensive end T.J. Watt continued to miss practice.  Improvement for defensive backs Morgan Burnett, Artie Burns and Sean Davis, they all were partial participants. 

Refs at Camp

Mike Tomlin said it’s a significant week in terms of his expectations, saying the team needs to step up in quality of detail.  So they have brought in officials.

“We can’t introduce football without introducing playing it in the league fashion and their presence is a significant step,” Tomlin said.  “Today they were more communicating things they are looking for, sticking points regarding the playing rules.  Tomorrow, you’ll see an increase in the policing and making sure they play clean football.  All part of the process and necessary.”

Tomlin also wants an increase in communication between the players on the field.

“That’s what this process is man, it’s about getting to know,” Tomlin said.  “Cohesion is a part of it, guys that have worked together for a number of years can communicate with a look or a nod; non-verbal things.  It’s a process in which those things are built.”

Pouncey on QB Sneak

The Steelers ran a quarterback sneak during practice on Monday.  That play created contention between Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger as to whether or not Ben wanted to run it. 

“We haven’t done it in a while,” said center Maurkice Pouncey.  “He (Roethlisberger) did a good job but we’ll see how much he likes that in a game, getting up in the inside like that.”

Pouncey always warned it may not have been game-like conditions.

“Coach told them they were running a sneak, so they (defense) kind of know don’t touch Ben.”

But it was something new from offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner as he takes over the offense.

“I don’t think we ever did it in practice,”  Pouncey said.  “We did in the games a couple of years ago.”

So would Pouncey have an issue if they called Roethlisberger’s number in a game?

“Yeah, it’s not a problem.  He’s 6’5”.  He can get a yard.”