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Steelers start date for 2021 training camp finally set

While padded practices at Heinz Field begin on July 28, players will be reporting nearly a week earlier.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie Minicamp Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Just over a week ago tickets became available for Steelers fans to attended training camp practices at Heinz Field beginning on July 28. With the Steelers not likely to have practice in full pads their first day of training camp, it was understood players would be reporting for camp prior to this practice even though the date had not been published. According to Dejan Kovacevic of DK Pittsburgh Sports, this date has now been set.

The NFL had previously announced the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys could report to training camp as early as July 21 since they would be squaring off in the Hall of Fame Game on August 5. The Cowboys had previously announced they would be starting training camp on July 22, but the Pittsburgh Steelers had not made an official announcement.

While the Steelers themselves have not announced this date, this is the first report of when the Steelers players will be reporting to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. During the 2020 season, the NFL implemented a “ramp-up period” where players did various conditioning and drills before actually participating in padded practices. With the Steelers players reporting six days before the first padded practice, is likely that Steelers will have a bit of a ramp-up period again in 2021.

Exactly how much media coverage will be available during training camp before practices are open to the public remains to be seen. Regardless, the Pittsburgh Steelers are less than a week away from when they will reconvene and begin the thorough process of preparing for the 2021 NFL season.

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