Steelers to Approach Titans Week Differently

3rd preseason game to replicate normal week

Josh Rowntree
August 18, 2018 - 8:41 pm
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin in 2018 training camp

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is going to get his team into a rhythm this week. 

The Steelers play their third preseason game against Tennessee next Saturday at Heinz Field so, once the weekend comes to an end, new players will get a feel of what a normal week looks like. 

“Not focused on any game prep at this juncture,” Tomlin said after Saturday’s practice. “We really want to focus on the weekend, still very much in training camp mode in that we are sharpening iron on iron, working on skill development, things relative to our play and keeping our focus there.

“We’ll get into some game-planning things in a simulated week, if you will, when they come off the day off Monday.”

The Steelers will practice Sunday night at Heinz Field before an off day Monday. 

“We’re excited about getting into Heinz Field tomorrow for our work,” Tomlin added. “Always like to get into Heinz Field prior to our first preseason game to eliminate any angst associated with things not involving the game, getting to the stadium, where people park, etc.”

Typically, the third preseason game is used as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. Players who have not participated in games to this point may find the field. 

“Just getting back into the swing of things, treating it like a game week,” said guard B.J. Finney, who has played in place of injured guard Ramon Foster, as well as center Maurice Pouncey, who has not played yet. 

“Getting back to that kind of schedule, giving guys who haven’t been a part of something a taste of what the in-season is like. Getting that rep count for the vets, for the starters. We’re starting to get to that point where it’s time to start shaking some rust off. So yeah, it’s a big game.”

While preseason games, at the end of the day, mean nothing to the standings, Pittsburgh is surely hoping to atone for the 51-34 loss to Green Bay Thursday night. 

“Every game is a test, every game is a lesson,” defensive end Cam Heyward said. “Hopefully we learn our lessons from the last game and move on to another game.”

Injury Update

Tomlin did not offer many injury updates. Ben Roethlisberger has been cleared from concussion protocol. 

Tight end Xavier Grimble underwent surgery on a ligament in his thumb, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Per the report, Grimble hopes to play in the season opener in Cleveland. 

“All looks well on the injury front,” Tomlin said. “We had a few bumps and bruises associated with play that we talked about. Those guys are being evaluated. 

“Nothing appears anything beyond day-to-day at this point. Because it is a simulated game week, I will have an extended injury report for you, I am sure, when we have our press conference.”

Hear all of what Mike Tomlin had to say Saturday below.