LATROBE, Pa. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Pittsburgh Steelers training camp.
Le'Veon Bell left practice Sunday afternoon after experiencing tightness in his hamstring but the second-year running back may not miss any additional practice time, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. The Steelers ended Bell’s day early as a precaution, giving more repetitions to LeGarrette Blount and rookie Dri Archer. Archer, the fastest player on the team, drew one of the biggest cheers from the fans at St. Vincent College when he made a nifty cut and flashed through a hole. Archer has been every bit as fast as advertised and he has lined up in a variety of different positions.
In other injury news, wide receiver Martavis Bryant did not practice because of a groin issue while wide receiver C.J. Goodwin left practice early after falling on his shoulder. Neither player is dealing with a significant injury, Tomlin said. Center/guard David Snow broke his foot Friday during the Steelers’ first practice and he will need surgery.
Tomlin may as well as be a kid the night before Christmas. The non-contact practices in shorts are behind the Steelers as the team is allowed to wear pads and hit for the rest of training camp. Per the collective bargaining agreement all teams are required to conduct two non-contract practices at the start of training camp and the Steelers completed their second one Sunday afternoon though storms forced Tomlin end practice a little bit early. Tomlin said the Steelers will tackle in practice on Monday and that the players who are competing for jobs and roster spots will start to separate themselves. “It’s not football-like. It’s football,” Tomlin said of the practices that will largely take place the rest of training camp. “I’m always excited about who ascends in those situations and who shrinks in those situations. It’s a big step in the process.”
Wide receiver Justin Brown continued to catch everything thrown in his direction though the most notable grab during the Steelers’ second practice of camp may have been turned in by tight end David Paulson. The third-year man stopped a Bruce Gradkowski pass with his outstretched right hand and then pulled it in for a catch in the middle of the field. Paulson needs to have a strong camp as he could be the odd man out at tight end if rookie Rob Blanchflower makes the 53-man roster.
Cam Thomas played left defensive end with the first-team defense on Sunday. Chris Hubbard, who spent last season on the Steelers’ practice squad, played left guard with the first-team offense in place of Ramon Foster. Foster has yet to report to camp because of the death of his mother.