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Steelers and Bills joint practice ends without incident

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When other NFL teams are getting into fights during joint practice sessions, the Bills and Steelers were able to control themselves for the first day of their joint practices.

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The Buffalo Bills showed up and practiced with the Pittsburgh Steelers with nothing more than a couple shoving matches ensuing between the two teams.

The Steelers hosted the Bills for the first of two joint practice sessions what will lead to the Bills and Steelers facing off in preseason action this Saturday.

"Man that was great work. Buffalo was a great dance partner," said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin when addressing the media after practice.

"We appreciate Coach (Doug) Marrone and that group and got a lot of things done. Similar work to what we’ve been doing in terms of structure of the practice and drills setup, but obviously a different sense of urgency, some different schematics and some different guys. It was really a productive day for us. In just a brief communication with Coach, I think it was a very productive day for them." "I appreciate the professionalism from both teams and that’s what it’s about, too. I think we’ve got an obligation to show our professionalism. I thought both teams did a great job of that largely."

The Bills and Steelers played nice, but tomorrow could be a different story. Players that might be on the bubble in terms of a roster spot will be willing to make an impact however that needs to happen.

Players start to press when the pressure begins to mount, and that pressure will continue to mount into the preseason game Saturday night.

The Steelers made it out of the joint session relatively healthy. Safety Will Allen and tight end Will Johnson both left the session with hamstring injuries, but it was veteran long snapper Greg Warren who suffered a "potentially serious" leg injury as Tomlin referred to the leg injury.

Jarvis Jones (groin), Jordan Zumwalt (groin), Vince Williams (concussion), Ramon Foster (knee) and Matt Spaeth (undisclosed) sat out of practice today. Rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) only participated in some individual drills.

The Steelers and Bills will participate in the final session at St. Vincent College in 2014. The session will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET and is open to the public. Both teams have off Friday in preparation for the preseason game Saturday.