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Steelers’ Training Camp Recap: Backups getting plenty of reps with injuries continuing to rise

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

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With the Pittsburgh Steelers starting the second week of training camp, many fans want to know who is injured, and who has returned to practice. At this point, it might be easier to tell you who is healthy, compared to who is injured.

Just take a look at what went down at the start of practice as beat reporters kept fans up to date:

So, there is that.

Mike Tomlin spoke to the media after practice (video below) and said Antonio Brown and Alejandro Villanueva weren’t practicing with undisclosed injuries, but the list of the walking wounded for the Steelers continues to grow.

For some fans, missing so many big-name players is a huge problem, but there is a flip side to that coin. Those players missing has given backup players a legitimate shot to show what they can do against top competition.

Villanueva being out meant Chukwuma Okorafor was the starting left tackle. Brown being out put JuJu Smith-Schuster, Justin Hunter and Darrius Heyward-Bey on display in different positions for the coaching staff to see.

At this point in time, the Steelers are given the benefit of time. They can let players rest minor injuries because there is no rush, but the time when these nagging injuries need rectified or they will miss meaningful games is around the corner.

Time to check on some non-injury nuggets from Wednesday’s training camp practice:

Terrell Edmunds drawing rave reviews

The Steelers’ top pick has been turning heads, and not just with his interceptions of Ben Roethlisberger. He has been doing well in 1 v. 1s, in run support and in pass defense.

Kickoff Returns are a focus

The NFL has changed the rules on kickoffs, and the Steelers spent time focusing on special teams. See what went down: