The Pittsburgh Steelers pressed on towards the end of their 2018 Training Camp at Saint Vincent College on Monday, and the workout showed the waning of camp. The team will have only one open practice left on Tuesday, but Wednesday will be closed to the public before the team heads to Green Bay to play the Packers on Thursday night.
After the Week 2, preseason game in Wisconsin, the Steelers return to their homes in Pittsburgh, leaving behind dorm life for another calendar year.
Nevertheless, a lot still took place on Monday, and the biggest story turned out to be a non-story. Antonio Brown, who just returned to practice two days ago, was given the day off outside of individual work, but Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Brown “limped off the field”.
Immediately everyone expected the worst — a re-injury and setback to his groin which kept him out of training camp for a week. Quickly, websites like ProFootballTalk jumped all over the story of Brown’s injury, only to have people like ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler shoot down these rumors.
Antonio Brown on Monday participated in individual drills but not team work. He’s walking and dancing from the sideline without any noticeable pain or limping. Steelers aren’t going to push his leg injury. “It’s August,” coach Mike Tomlin said.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 13, 2018
Even though Steelers’ Antonio Brown limped off practice field today, he did not aggravate his quad injury and he is “fine”, according to a source familiar with his condition. Nothing significant.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 13, 2018
Most would then realize this is a non-story, but Brown wasn’t happy this rumor spread about his injury. He took to social media himself to address it:
Bro seriously have some respect you making shit up clown https://t.co/SxgHHee7KV— Antonio Brown (@AB84) August 13, 2018
Not sure what else can be said about that, especially to someone with the background and credentials of Bouchette. Nonetheless, Brown had made his stance with the media clear in offseason workouts. Plain and simple, he isn’t a fan. Doubt that changes anytime soon.
That wasn’t all that went down at training camp, so check out some of the other key nuggets!
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Undrafted Rookie Free Agent (UDFA) Matthew Thomas has been showing off his versatility. With Bud Dupree (concussion), T.J. Watt (hamstring), and Anthony Chickillo (off day) all sitting out Monday’s practice, Thomas was moved to outside linebacker. While his pass rushing moves aren’t as practiced as those from the inside linebacker position, according to reports he did just fine.
Young players continue stepping up
James Washington has become a favorite during training camp because of his quiet demeanor and ability to make big plays. A great combination, and Washington, among other young players like Terrell Edmunds, Mason Rudolph and Chukwuma Okorafor are drawing good reviews as the team prepares for the final days of camp.
Coach Tomlin addresses the media following practice at #SteelersCamp. pic.twitter.com/rQ6OHyi8bI— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 13, 2018
.@_TJWatt thanked two lucky fans today for sticking it out in the rain with two tickets to our first home preseason game. See you guys there! pic.twitter.com/eFMHwVjeIo— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 13, 2018
The smile, the hat and the from @VinnyVidiVici98. pic.twitter.com/RXFM673uac— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) August 14, 2018
Former teammates @TunchIlkin, Mike Mularkey and @CraigWolfley chatted on the sideline today. Mularkey, who played and coached for the Steelers, was visiting camp. pic.twitter.com/uWPXrBAegD— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) August 14, 2018