The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to the practice fields of Latrobe on Saturday for the first time since their Thursday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rookie left tackle Mike Adams (knee) did not practice and likely wont for at least a week after spraining his knee Thursday night. Adams said his knee injury is not serious though. With Adams out, starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert opened up as the starting left tackle on Saturday. Gilbert also received work at his usual right tackle spot at practice as well, according to reports.
Left guard Willie Colon (ankle) was back at practice Saturday after sitting out the game Thursday night. Ramon Foster, who started at left guard in the absence of Colon Thursday night, opened up practice at right tackle being as Gilbert had flipped over to the left side. Foster also was to receive work at the right guard spot as well in practice. Rookie David DeCastro worked as the first team right guard and offensive line coach Sean Kugler named him the starter after practice per Jim Wexell.
Running back Jonathan Dwyer (shoulder) sat out practice after suffering an AC joint sprain in the game Thursday night. Also reportedly not practicing was starting running back Isaac Redman (groin) and reserve wide receivers David Gilreath, Jimmy Young and reserve cornerback Andre Freeman according to Bob Labriola. Defensive end Brett Keisel returned to practice following the birth of his son. Punter Jeremy Kapinos (back) continues to be sidelined with his back problems and rumblings are that he could be out a few more weeks as well.
After practice head coach Mike Tomlin said he didn\’t want to frame the injury to Adams and called it, “a minor knee injury of some description”. Tomlin said for now Adams is day-to-day and will be back on the field when he is ready. Ed Bouchette reports the injury is a mild ML sprain.
In addition, Tomlin said the five players currently on the PUP list will not be evaluated until after the second preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Center Maurkice Pouncey reportedly got his knee twisted up on a play and limped off the field, but did return for one-on-one drills per Mark Kaboly.
A few players that reportedly stuck out today in practice were safety Robert Golden, linebacker Sean Spence, wide receiver Tyler Beiler and fullback Will Johnson. Reportedly a collision between Johnson and Spence rocked Latrobe today and had several players chirping about it for a while afterwards. Golden reportedly had a few nice pass breakups and an interception today.