It was a rough-and-tumble Wednesday practice, mostly defined by an apparent brawl during a no-contact and non-padded session. Rookie offensive tackle Wesley Johnson and defensive end Cameron Heyward got into a fight that reportedly required several players to intervene, mainly to remove Heyward.
As usual, when it's confirmed no one was injured, fans will praise both sides for showing some intensity, even if it isn't full-contact.
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Jason Worilds did not practice again, whether he would have if it was a regular season week is undetermined, but it's still something to watch before the Steelers' mandatory minicamp next week.
The real battle was Heyward vs. Johnson. Heyward, the incumbent and budding star of the defense, vs. Johnson, the rookie in what looks to be a pretty competitive fight for a roster spot. Whomever started it or what caused it is unknown, except to say tempers flare, and Heyward getting in a brawl during practice isn't exactly Man Bites Dog. He's been involved in altercations the last two training camps.
Wide receiver Justin Brown ran with the first team for a bit Wednesday, not suggesting he's leading the top position battle of 2014. It's just a means of getting him out with the first team to see what he can do.
The team will hold its final practice of the OTAs schedule today, and prepare for the team's minicamp next week. Training camp is scheduled to begin July 25.
May 27-29, June 3-5 and June 9-12. Mandatory minicamp: June 17-19