Tomlin: Absent Antonio Brown Still Day-to-Day

Banged Up Steelers Work on Situational Football

Josh Rowntree
August 04, 2018 - 6:05 pm
Steelers WR running after catch during 2018 training camp

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin did not provide an update on injured wide receiver Antonio Brown following Saturday’s training camp practice at Saint Vincent College. 

Brown has missed four consecutive practices and has not been seen on campus after being sent back to Pittsburgh for evaluation on the injury. 

“It’s day-to-day, like some of the others” Tomlin said. “We’ll keep you informed as the circumstances, from a health standpoint, changes.”

Tomlin confirmed that linebacker Bud Dupree does have a concussion after entering protocol after Pittsburgh’s Friday night practice. 

Cornerbacks Joe Haden and Brian Allen did not participate in practice. Wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey and Juju Smith-Schuster both were unable to finish due to injury. 

Linebacker T.J. Watt, tight end Vance McDonald and tackle Chukwuma Okorafor all missed practice as well. 

Situational football

The Steelers worked heavily on situational football Saturday, despite not being in full pads. 

“Just continuing to focus on situations as we work,” Tomlin said. The longer we’re here, the more important situations are, the more we should be able to infuse situations into the work.

“We’ll be in a stadium here very soon, so obviously we’ve got to check some of those boxes in terms of situations.”

In addition to plenty of red zone work, the team also focused on the two-minute drill. 

“First time out, I just want to see guys communicating,” Tomlin added. “Mutes are not good. Guys that are talking through scenarios.. guys trying to get out of bounds, that’s what you’re looking for the first time out. 

“There wasn’t any shortage of communication so, from that standpoint, I like what I saw. But, I’ll look at it in greater detail via video.”

The offense scored when Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph were under center, but failed to during Josh Dobbs’ turn. The drill was also a good test for the defense, according to Tomlin.

“That’s one thing that they don’t have control over, the pace of the offense,” Tomlin detailed. “So, the bottom line is that they have to be prepared for whatever the offense chooses to do.” 

“Two-minute [drill] challenges them in that way and prepares them and that’s just part of this process. It’s going to be a defining this for us.”

Griffey Swinging Away

Trey Griffey, the son of Hall of Fame baseball player Ken Griffey, Jr., was one of the more noticeable players Saturday. 

The 6-foot-3 receiver out of Arizona made a pair of touchdown catches in the end zone during the red zone drills, including an acrobatic snag through traffic. He also grabbed a Mason Rudolph pass over the middle of the field during the two-minute drill.