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Steelers’ Training Camp Recap: First padded practice dampened by Ramon Foster injury

The Steelers were back on the gridiron at training camp, and we’ve got the recap for you!

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The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to the practice field on Saturday, but it wasn’t just another training camp practice — it was their first padded practice of the 2018 season. If you were wondering the anticipation of this practice, SteelCityInsider’s Jim Wexell put it perfectly:

The boys were ready to hit, and no drill puts this into perspective more than the famous, and at times vicious, backs-on-backers drill. For those who don’t know, this is a drill where a pass rusher goes one-on-one with a running back or tight end who has to try and stop them from getting to the quarterback.

This drill is heavily slanted towards the defenders, considering the blockers are not allowed to cut down the pass rushers, but shows a lot about heart, toughness and the willingness to do the dirty parts of the job to get the job done.

Check out some of the names beat reporters were talking about after the first round of this infamous drill:

This is typically a celebrated day for the Steelers. Pads are popping and it seems all is right with the world. That is until a starting offensive guard goes down with a leg injury.

Ramon Foster’s injury certainly dampened the spirit of the practice, at least in the short-term, but even though the severity of the injury isn’t know yet, practice continued with players realizing a lot can change for an individual, a team and an organization in a split second.

That wasn’t all the news during this Steelers’ training camp practice, check out some other nuggets of information, photos and videos from the most recent practice:


When you put the pads on, tempers are bound to flare from time to time. It didn’t take long for two players to go at it, and those players were outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo and rookie offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor.

According to reports, like this one from DKonPittsburghSports’ Dale Lolley, suggest the fight was legit: