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Steelers and Lions to hold two days of joint practices leading up to their Week 1 Preseason game

The Pittsburgh Steelers used to always have a joint practice with a team leading up to a season, but after a year off the team will be hosting the Lions prior to Week 1 of preseason action.

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It used to be a yearly event when the Pittsburgh Steelers would host a team for dual practices at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA prior to a preseason game. The last time they did so was in 2014 when the Buffalo Bills came to town for dual practice sessions, but after several skirmishes broke out during the practices, many thought it soured the idea for the 2015 season.

Nonetheless, the Steelers are back to their usual habits as they will host the Detroit Lions for two practice sessions before their Week 1 preseason game. Here are the details and dates:

The Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers announced today they will participate in two joint practice sessions at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., as part of the teams' 2016 Training Camp schedule.

Detroit and Pittsburgh will hold joint practice sessions on Tuesday, August 9 and Wednesday, August 10 leading up to the teams' Preseason Week 1 matchup at Heinz Field Friday, August 12 at 7 p.m. ET.

Practice times and additional information regarding the Steelers' 2016 Training Camp schedule will be announced at a later date.

The trip to Latrobe, PA is well worth the trek for any die hard Steelers fan, but watching a joint practice is probably better than watching an actual preseason game. Although the stars won't be at risk of injury from the opposition, you will see more of them on the practice field than at Heinz Field for the first preseason game of the 2016 season.

Some don't like the thought of a team practicing with another NFL team for the higher risk of injury, but this will provide quality reps for a Steelers team priming for a Super Bowl run.