Report: Steelers CB Ike Taylor, RB/WR Dri Archer Present For Second Week Of OTA Practices

The Pittsburgh Steelers second round of OTA practices are now underway and some early participation reports are now starting to surface.

Scott Brown of ESPN.com reports on Tuesday that veteran cornerback Ike Taylor is now in attendance after missing the first set of practices last week. Brown says that Taylor missed last week because he was still finishing up his training in Florida with renown trainer Tom Shaw.

Rookie third-round draft pick Dri Archer is also in attendance on Tuesday after having to miss last week to take part in the NFLPA Rookie Premier event that was held in Los Angeles.

As for the notable players that missed time last week because of injuries or rehab, tight end Matt Spaeth is back practicing after working on the side last week. Spaeth reportedly recently had screws that had loosened removed from the foot that he surgically repaired last season and that was the reason he couldn’t work fully last week.

Linebacker Jason Worilds is reportedly still having to work on the side on Tuesday, according to Brown. Worilds missed time last week due to an issue with his left leg.

As expected, safety Troy Polamalu still hasn’t arrived for OTA practices as he continues to train in California, according to Brown. It also appears as though quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is being given Tuesday off.

There is no word from Brown on whether or not second-year defensive end Nick Williams is practicing on Tuesday. Williams was forced to work on the side last week as his knee that he injured last year in training camp has yet to fully heal.

UPDATE: Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider is now reporting on Twitter that Williams is still rehabbing on the side. In addition, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Roethlisberger is out Tuesday because of a family matter.

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  • NW86

    Worilds seems to have more surprise/mystery offseason injuries than any other Steeler. I’m not sure if he has even taken part in a full offseason of OTA’s, minicamp, and training camp.

  • Big White

    Does anyone have the book on Worilds’ personality? I saw eight games of awesomeness last year, but can’t get a bead on the guy. Obviously the Steelers are a little suspect as I.

  • John C

    In one of Ed Bouchete’s blogs he had a link to a piece that followed him around for a day…..he actually seemed like a pretty good guy, great work ethic and seemed dedicated to being the best he can be. I will try to find the link.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    I am with you… His first 7 games he was non existent… Last 8 games or so he turned it up. Dr. Jekyll Mr Hyde ..

  • Kurt Williams

    Hopefully Joey Porter’s nastiness rubs off on both of the outside linebackers!

  • Big White

    Thanks John C. I can’t ever recall an impact Steelers player being so under the radar.

  • John C

    Just search “A Day in the Life of Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jason Worilds”. It should show up first on the search results.

  • srdan

    It’s hard to beat his predecessor in that.

  • srdan

    yeah i just tried to post the video for you, but dave didn’t approve it yet.

    He takes care of himself. No doubt about it. Very professional.

  • srdan

    And teh other 9 guys.

  • NW86

    Who, Woodley? I never remember him getting hurt before camp started.

  • srdan

    That guy played less than an irishman at a jamaican beach

  • joed32

    Maybe I’m slow but I don’t get it. What does it mean? Being Irish I’m curious.

  • srdan

    lol. Irish people usually have fair skin and don’t do well in the caribean sun for longer than 10 minutes. Therefore they don’t play a lot on the beach.

    I recently went to Haiti with a guy from ireland on a trip to build homes near the epicenter of the earthquake. Poor guy was working in long sleeves and pants and a big hat. I give him a lot of credit for pulling through.

  • joed32

    Thanks!