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Steelers OTAs Recap Day 8: Back to the gridiron after a day off

The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field after Day 8 of their OTAs. Time to get caught up on what you might have missed.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

For those keeping score at home, you might have noticed a recap of Pittsburgh Steelers Organized Team Activities (OTAs) Day 7 was missing. No, I didn’t fall asleep on the job, or forget my daily duties to the loyal readers of BTSC. Rather, the Steelers were given their usual day off by Mike Tomlin. Which means one thing...

Dave and Busters!

Every year Tomlin gives the team off one day of OTAs to go and do some “team building” at the local arcade. Do people still call them arcades? Anyways, the Steelers were out having fun and enjoying the day off. Before fans bemoan Tomlin for giving his players a day off during voluntary workouts and labeling him as “soft”, hopefully they remember how Bill Cowher used to take his team to a movie during the same workouts to give them a break from the monotony of the offseason.

So, here's a quick recap of what took place on the day off. It wasn’t all fun and games, as the Steelers’ rookies also visited Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh to bring some smiles to some young fans' faces.

Day Off

Day 8 had the Steelers back on the football field, and attendance continues to be an ongoing thread at the workouts. For those scoring at home, Le’Veon Bell hasn’t shown for any workouts, Ben Roethlisberger has attended one and Antonio Brown just two.

Yes, these workouts are voluntary, and no it doesn’t really matter if these veterans are absent from the workouts. But at the same time, isn’t it a bit strange? Brown is known for not missing workouts, and Roethlisberger has been vocal about his displeasure with the organization for drafting Mason Rudolph.

I’m not about to suggest there is underlying tension between the superstars of the team and the organization but, nevertheless, their absences are noted. If they show up to mandatory minicamp at the end of the month, this then becomes a non-issue.

But don’t think for a second their teammates don’t notice No. 7 and No. 84 aren’t in attendance. This from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN:

Grimble implies the quarterback/wide receiver tandem is working out somewhere. This is certainly a possibility but, if true, would add just another level of strange behavior from the duo.

In lighter news, Mike Hilton isn’t just lighting it up on the field for the Black-and-gold, he's making big moves off the field too. As he recently got engaged to his girlfriend, all of us here at BTSC wish him a hearty CONGRATS!

More stories will be reported in the coming days from players who met with media after the workout. In the meantime, digest some video below, and be sure to stay with BTSC for the latest and greatest news surrounding the Black-and-gold.