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Steelers OTAs Recap Day 6: Offense missing pieces, but teammates aren’t worried

Time to get you caught up on all things Steelers as the puts their second week of OTAs to bed.

Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Attendance is the hot topic these days when talking about Organized Team Activities (OTAs), and the Pittsburgh Steelers have their share of superstars who are doing other things besides playing football at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

We all know Le’Veon Bell isn’t showing up anytime soon, but what about Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger — who have both missed at least the past four workouts?

According to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, Maurkice Pouncey said these absences were known.

Other sources have suggested Brown will return to OTAs when Roethlisberger returns. Either way, despite OTAs being 100-percent voluntary, it seems as if none of the aforementioned absences are shockers to the organization.

Time to check up on other news swirling around the Steelers after two weeks of OTAs:

Big Ben missing isn’t a huge deal

While Roethlisberger vacations with family, it is a good chance for the younger quarterbacks, mainly Mason Rudolph, to get some extra reps. Rudolph talked about learning from “trial and error” and had nothing but good things to say about Joshua Dobbs and Landry Jones.

Same offense, but different

Randy Fichtner is calling the shots now on offense, and while some fans are awaiting some sweeping changes, they shouldn’t hold their breath. According to Pouncey and Darrius Heyward-Bey, there is not going to be an overhaul of the offense, but just some small tweaks. And as for those absences of the stars, it won’t hinder the offensive progression at all.

T.J. Watt Time

Haven’t heard much from Watt this offseason, and Kinkhabwala was able to talk with him about his upcoming sophomore season.