Tomlin: Good or Bad, Move On

Steelers coach gives injury update after Saturday practice

Josh Rowntree
August 11, 2018 - 6:07 pm
Steelers WR Damoun Patterson in 2018 training camp

Josh Rowntree - 93.7 The Fan

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants his team to have a short memory. And that goes for everyone. Even if you’re rookie wide receiver Damoun Patterson, who caught six passes for 77 yards and touchdown against Philadelphia Thursday, or you’re cornerback Dashaun Phillips, who was torched on a long touchdown. 

“I just want to see their ability to move on,” Tomlin said Saturday at Saint Vincent College. “Not only guys that played poorly or had a bad play, but guys that played well or had good plays. 

“Regardless of circumstance, we’ve got to prepare, play, analyze and repeat process. I’ll be interested in how all of these guys respond to that first performance, whether it was perceived to be good or bad.”

Players like Patterson and linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, who stood out on the defensive side of the ball, could see their chances increased after solid efforts ‘in-stadium,’ as Tomlin likes to say.

“They’ve had their moments, but a lot of guys have had their moments,” Tomlin said. “The moments that you have out here set up the opportunities that you get in-stadium.

“They earned those opportunities and they made some plays. We’ll see if that upward trajectory in their play continues as we give them some opportunities that they’ve earned.”

Tomlin liked some things he saw from his team against the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles. 

“Ball security and ball searching,” he said. “We did a better job of taking care of the ball than our opponent and that helped us.”

Injury update

Offensive lineman B.J. Finney did not practice Saturday after leaving Thursday’s game with a quad muscle contusion. 

“We’ll follow his progress,” Tomlin said. “But it shouldn’t be a lengthy period of time”

That’s good news for a group already dealing with the absence of guard Ramon Foster, who is nursing a hyperextended knee and bone bruise. 

Safety Sean Davis was giving the day off with a groin injury, tight end Xavier Grimble was unable to finish practice with a thumb injury. Although not specified by Tomlin, rookie safety Marcus Allen and offensive lineman Parker Collins both left practice early. 

Tight end Vance McDonald and linebackers Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt again missed practice. Watt, however, was seen running on his own as he deals with a hamstring ailment. 

Antonio Brown, who has missed time with injury, was able to practice fully and put on a show in the one-on-one red zone passing drills, scorching cornerbacks Artie Burns and Joe Haden.

“We’re getting some guys working their way back and out of rep management,” Tomlin said of the injury situation. “And that’s an important thing this time of year. You like guys to work and work freely.

“It’s difficult to gain some of the experience and betterment when you’re continually managing reps from a health standpoint. To get some of those guys out of that caution area is significant so they can move on and focus on the play itself.”

The Steelers will practice Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before camp breaks Wednesday. They will travel to face the Packers Thursday night in their second preseason game.

“We have a big week up here this week,” Tomlin added. “We want to finish it with an exclamation point as we move into our preparation for Green Bay.”

Hear more from Steelers coach Mike Tomlin below.