The Pittsburgh Steelers were back at work at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA Wednesday, but most fans weren't all that excited about what was going on on the practice field. Most, including yours truly, were anxiously awaiting the brief conversation Mike Tomlin would have with media following practice to give an update on injured cornerback Senquez Golson.
In fact, after pacing around the house and my wife asking me what was wrong, I showed here this tweet from our BTSC account to explain my current emotional state.
Okay, that might be a bit on the dramatic side, but following camp behind a screen is tough. You read about Ryan Shazier going down in practice, but you are able to breathe again when those who are there live report he is okay and is given the rest of the day off.
For most fans, we live and die by this team, and an injury to a player is like an injury to our team. As if we were coaching.
Nonetheless, the complete injury report for Monday's practice was not just Golson's foot, which may require surgery, and will continue to be evaluated, but Demarcus Ayers, who tweaked an ankle, and Canaan Severin, who had a shoulder injury, were also listed by Tomlin after practice. As is customary, both will be evaluated.
The defense got the best of the offense in this short-yardage drill which begins every practice. Per Mike Tomlin, the defense won 4 out of the 7 to claim back-to-back victories.
We spoke of rookies Javon Hargrave and Sean Davis standing out in recent training camp practices, but a couple others have turned heads. Anthony Chickillo is having a very steady camp, reportedly, as well as Daryl Richardson who broke off a couple big runs the past two sessions. If Le'Veon Bell is in fact suspended 4-games, Richardson could find himself as the 3rd string back if he keeps up his current pace.
The following Steelers were given rest days off Wednesday: Stephon Tuitt, Artie Burns and Bud Dupree. Sort of strange for them to be given a day off after a scheduled off day at practice, but all three could be nursing the usual bumps and bruises accompanied with getting back into the swing of things.
The Steelers had NFL officials at camp Wednesday, something which the NFL does with regularity throughout the preseason, but something the Steelers never pass up a chance to participate with.
Snapshots from Day 5 include actual NFL zebras on campus (I'll bet they still don't know what a catch is, either). pic.twitter.com/wrAHEnJJRA— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) August 3, 2016
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Ladarius Green (PUP) works on turf field pic.twitter.com/HXk8Mx8wn5— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) August 3, 2016
Coming off the ball is always a point of emphasis. pic.twitter.com/356VkunKY8— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) August 3, 2016
Being on the PUP list in camp can be a lonely experience, as TE Ladarius Green knows all too well. pic.twitter.com/nuJRzMEePO— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) August 3, 2016