• Timmons Hurts Groin; Sits Out Afternoon Practice

    The happiness of having all draft picks in camp has quickly gone away in Latrobe, as Steelers first round pick rookie linebacker Lawrence Timmons reportedly aggravated the same groin injury that hindered him during minicamp season at Thursday’s morning workout.

    The injury did not seem all that serious according to reports, and some are saying already that he Timmons may have sat out the practice as a precaution. Nevertheless, Timmons is not taking part in the afternoon practice according to reports. The number one pick is somewhat already behind the 8-ball, as he basically missed all of the team’s offseason practice sessions after he hurt his groin on the first day of rookie minicamp. While this is not good news, the hope is that Timmons will get back on the field quickly.

  • Steelers State They will Not Pursue Aaron Brooks


    As if this was ever in doubt, the Steelers are thankfully NOT going to mess with the backup quarterback position as they are not going to sign former Saints and Raiders QB Aaron Brooks.  The inconsistent QB was in town for a visit, and there were some rumors that he would be joining the team and battling with current solid backup QB Charlie Batch.  Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert said that the visit for Brooks was “exploratory” for both sides. “Our roster,” Colbert said, “is set for now.”

    This is good news, as when the news broke that Brooks was in town I felt that the team was clearly messing with a position on the team that did not have to be screwed around with.  Charlie Batch for the past few seasons has always done everything that he has been called upon to do.  Brooks would have to come in, learn the system, and basically rebuild his confidence since he was shelled and then injured in Oakland last season.

  • Tomlin Pushes Team to the Limit in Early Practice

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    Remember how light practice was the other day? Well, you can forget about that for the rest of the summer. All indications are that the Steelers first real practice of 2007 was about as intense as a practice the team has had in quite some time. From 9 on 9 drills, to 11 on 11 drills (all this is pads mind you) to a backers on backers drill (where a linebacker attempts to get through a block by a running back), the Steelers are finding out real quick that their new coach means business. And if you can’t handle the heat – get out of the kitchen. “It’s a good wake-up call,” center Chukky Okobi said. “If you weren’t awake, after that period you should be good to go.”

    Mind you most of the tough stuff took place in the morning, where in the past the team would usually do a lot of running and players in shells. Welcome to Camp Tomlin. The afternoon was a bit different, as the team moved indoors due to the rain that hit the area around Latrobe, but the practice was once again pretty fiesty. “We had less than ideal circumstances, but that’s football and that’s life,” said Tomlin about the circumstances of Tuesday afternoon. “We challenged the guys, and it was an opportunity for us to exhibit a little mental toughness and get some production out of the afternoon. I thought that they did that, and we’ll move forward.”

    Back to the morning practice, Tomlin was somewhat quiet about what he thought about the teams performance. He did mention a miscue between Chukky Okobi and Ben Roethlisberger that resulted in a botched snap. He also mentioned a play that would have resulted in an offsides call. Other than that, not much else was said. “It kind of sets the tone for what coach Tomlin is going to be like and what he wants for us,” said safety Ryan Clark. “I think the biggest thing is you want to kind of leave your imprint on the team. Now we know what he’s about. He’s about being physical, being focused, getting to the ball on defense and executing the offense. I think it was a good start.”

  • Ben Talks About the New Season and Bouncing Back

    Steeler fans didn’t get their first look at the 2007 Steelers at Saint Vincent on Tuesday.  An afternoon thunderstorm with vivid lightning chased the Steelers indoors and and the gathered crowd of several thousand back to their cars.  Before the skies parted, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had his first meeting with the media and said the change in offensive coordinators is a bigger challenge for him than a change in head coaches.  Roethlisberger says that he feels better physically than he ever has at this time of year including his rookie season.

    “You can say all you want that you have to prove it to the fans and the media,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m just trying to prove to myself that I can do it and my career’s not over and last year was a fluke. It was a bad year and we still ended up 8-8 with a bad year. So I think we can come out and do better and I can do better.”

  • Steelers Go All Out On Day One of Camp


    A full pads workout greeted the Steelers on the first full day of workouts at their Saint Vincent College training camp.  The morning session included the backs-on-backers drill in which running backs try to block linebackers.  The best hit of the morning came from rookie Lamarr Woodley, who ran over veteran running back Najeh Davenport.  The afternoon session, though, was a different story as the Steelers were sent scrambling inside Saint Vincent’s gym due to an afternoon thunderstorm.  The Steelers spent that session walking through their sets much to the disappointment of fans who came to see the first workout that was open to the public.  It is two more sessions today for the Steelers, with the afternoon workout open to fans.


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