Steeler Training Camp Day 1 – Heath Miller Had Hernia Surgery
The Steelers arrived on Friday to training camp to check in and get ready to work on Saturday. Some injury news first. Tight end Heath Miller had surgery to repair a sports hernia in June and he will be limited early on in preseason. Miller should be good to go by the start of the season according to head coach Mike Tomlin and did the run test today. Center Justin Hartwig will sit out early on as he continues to rehab a big right toe injury. He will be brought along slowly. Both, safety Tory Polamalu and cornerback Deshea Townsend, have mild hamstring problems and will likely be limited for a little while. Tomlin said it was a result of pushing to get ready for camp. Offensive lineman Darnell Stapleton has some knee swelling, but it is not considered serious. Free agent CFL running back, Stefan Logan, was put on the PUP list with a mid-foot sprain. Reserve linemen Doug Legursky and A.Q. Shipley will likely get early work at the center position with the injuries to Hartwig and Stapleton according to Tomlin.
In other news, offensive lineman Willie Colon and nose tackle Casey Hampton both seemed to show up to camp a little lighter this year. Hampton's weight loss was very noticeable. Everyone who participated in the opening run test passed and Tomlin seemed very satisfied so far with conditioning. Offensive lineman Trai Essex has a legitimate shot at winning the right guard spot according to Tomlin. Tomlin did not give much in the way of an answer on free agent quarterback Michael Vick. Tomlin said he is concerned with the players here, not potential free agents.
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