Steelers Make Roster Moves Amid Injuries

Offensive line controls scrimmage during Thursday practice

Jeff Hathhorn
August 02, 2018 - 6:44 pm

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LATROBE (93.7 the Fan) - Let’s start with positive injury news today, Steelers corner Artie Burns and rookie receiver James Washington returned to full practice at St. Vincent College.  While safeties Sean Davis and Morgan Burnett were limited, but continue to improve.

Antonio Brown went into the city to be evaluated, but head coach Mike Tomlin called it a minor injury and said Brown is day-to-day.  Same status for three others who missed practice-tackle Alejandro Villanueva, defensive end T.J. Watt and tight end Vance McDonald.

“I think we are starting to get to that point of camp where we are getting to know the guys,” Tomlin said.  “They are starting to face adversity and fatigue and so forth and with that comes ebb and flow in terms of performance.”

“I thought the interior of the offense won the line of scrimmage today.  We’ll see how the interior of the defense responds tomorrow.”

Okorafor Opportunity

Third round pick Chukwuma Okorafor took advantage of Villanueva’s absence by getting a lot of first team reps at tackle.

“I like the fact that he’s taking advantage of the rep opportunities that he’s getting,” Tomlin said.  “That can be said for a lot of the young guys, when you are in an environment like this you have a guy that goes down, one’s man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity.”

“The big thing in order to take advantage of it, you have to be in good physical condition to do so.  So that’s why in May and June that we talk so much about physical conditioning.  You have to set the stage to take advantage of opportunities he’s getting right now.”

Roster Moves

Steelers signed last year’s Vikings sixth-round pick, tight end Bucky Hodges from Virginia tech as well as former Kentucky player, offensive lineman Kyle Meadows.  Steelers released linebacker Darnell Leslie and waived injured tight end and former Raven Ryan Malleck.

Friday Night Lights

Friday night is the only evening practice of training camp at Latrobe HS and Tomlin says he always looks forward to it and loves the energy and closeness of the fans.

“It’s great to get in that environment, to work at night,” Tomlin said.  “Every step in this thing is a significant one.  Stepping into that stadium, leaving this facility is a step in the process for us.  A week from now we are stepping in another stadium.”