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Steelers escaped Week 1 of preseason healthy

The Pittsburgh Steelers returned from East Rutherford, NJ after facing the New York Giants as a relatively healthy football team, one of the biggest concerns for teams in the preseason.

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You can talk about repetitions, starters, expectations and even playing time, but in the preseason there is one aspect of the game that is paramount. The health of the football team.

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their first preseason game against the New York Giants, but they came back to St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA a relatively healthy group, and that is something to be thankful for,

All starters entered and exited the game with nothing more serious than being poked in the eye, and the player who received that digit in his eye socket, Ramon Foster, was on the practice field Monday and didn't miss a beat.

The first team practice after the first real competition for this team saw Mike Mitchell, Matt Spaeth, Michael Palmer (ankle)  and Justin Brown (thumb) missing practice due to small "bumps and bruises" as head coach Mike Tomlin dubbed it.

With the news of players missing practice, others returned to the practice field after missing the Giants game. First round draft pick Ryan Shazier (knee) dressed and participated in individual drills, but did not participate in game situations. Steve McLedon and Darrius Heyward-Bey also participated in practice after sitting out with concussions.

The Steelers have been a healthy group that has only had to deal with bumps, bruises, sprains and strains in training camp, and that will be extremely important as the team prepares for the regular season and how they start the 2014 NFL season.