James Conner, Senquez Golson among seven Steelers injured in physical practice

LATROBE, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers’ first day in pads was felt in the training room.

Coach Mike Tomlin listed seven Steelers on his post-practice injury report Sunday, including rookie running back James Conner (shoulder), who participated in most of the practice and looked good doing so. Tomlin didn’t have specifics on Conner, who’s being evaluated.

Linebacker Vince Williams, safety Mike Mitchell, cornerback Senquez Golson and tight end Scott Orndoff suffered soft-tissue injuries that Tomlin attributed to fatigue or dehydration. The hope is these players miss only a few days, but Golson leaving on a cart after a non-contact injury seems especially troubling for the former second-round pick who hasn’t played an NFL down because of a torn labrum and a Lisfranc injury.

Linebacker Keion Adams and tight end Xavier Grimble left practice with heat-related issues.

“Such is life this time of year,” Tomlin said. “We will do our very best to work hard to get better, but at the same time do things that allow us to keep as many guys healthy to keep them so they can log the snaps necessary to improve. We also understand some negative things are part of the process.”

Mitchell appeared to get hurt defending a pass in goal-line work, while Williams didn’t appear to be in uniform.

In other roster news, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an excused absence from practice.