The Pittsburgh Steelers held their last practice of this training camp here at Saint Vincent College, finishing off with some preparation for this weekend’s preseason game at Washington.
I know, teams say they don’t really prepare for preseason contests, but they do at least give their offense and defense a look at what they are going to face.
Marvel Smith practiced sparingly today seeing only a few snaps at left tackle, but I was told he’ll be ready to play Saturday.
With Smith back, Max Starks moved back to the right side of the line – albeit with the second team – with Trai Essex working at left tackle with the second unit.
It doesn’t appear that first-round pick Lawrence Timmons is going to see a ton of action against the Redskins. He saw some action with the second-team Okie at right outside linebacker, but Arnold Harrison took the majority of the snaps there.
Timmons is running better and his groin injury seems to be behind him.
Ben Roethlisberger was back for a full practice. Head coach Mike Tomlin was true to his word and Charlie Batch didn’t see a lot of action throwing the ball today.
After practicing without a sleeve on his left knee Wednesday, Willie Parker had the sleeve back on today. It was just a precautionary thing, however, and Parker is ready to go Saturday.