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Friday, July 26, 2013

Reporting day news, notes (Will be updated)

Spoke with Sean Spence. He feels he will be ready to play by midseason this year. He'll open training camp on the PUP and go from there according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

Heath Miller, who is walking around without a knee brace, will also open on the PUP. But he looks closer to a guy who intends on playing from the get-go than he does somebody who will be out the first six weeks.

Tight end David Johnson will also open on the PUP as he continues to recover from his knee injury suffered last year, while Alameda Ta'amu arrived with a hamstring issue that has landed him on the PUP as well.

On the good news front, offensive tackle Mike Adams passed the run test Friday and is ready to go. Adams has been given full clearance to play after being the victim of a stabbing in front of his home about six weeks ago.

Fellow offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert struggled through the run test today, but was able to finish. He was taken from the field on a cart following the completion of the run test, however.

Defensive back Nigel Malone also struggled to complete the test but made it through.

Tomlin said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still experiencing a little discomfort in his knee following offseason surgery, but it's nothing major.


pennstump said...

When you say 'struggle' with the run test, what exactly does that mean? How far is the run / how long?

I have a hard time believing these guys weren't preparing for this... especially a DB?

Dale Lolley said...

8 100 yard sprints. with 50 yard jogs back, walking the final 50.
Little guys had to do 100s in 14 seconds; big guys 15. They had 30 seconds of down time once they reached the 50 to recover before running the next one.

Steve-O said...

What is it with Gilbert? He came in out of shape his rookie season and I hoped he had learned his lesson but apparently not. He's the future at left tackle and his lack of physical preparation is not a good sign. Maybe I'm being to harsh, but this is not a good start for him.

Dale Lolley said...

He finished the drill, so it's not a big deal. He was hardly the only one struggling, just the only one to be taken off on a cart.
I don't think they'll be asking their offensive linemen to sprint 100 yards eight times in a game.

Steve-O said...

Dale I realize that he's not a running back but his endurance late in games can become an issue if he's not in shape. fatigue leads to sloppy play which can also lead to injuries to him and/or the QB. That said, I'm glad he finished, I have high hopes for the O-Line, I think they are the key to the season.

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