Steelers Mike Tomlin Doesn’t Want Players On The Ground During OTA Practices

After Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee was lost for the entire 2014 season last week to a knee injury suffered during an OTA practice, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin apparently took notice. The following day, Tomlin reportedly took time out to address his team about how they should be practicing with the hopes that it will prevent his own team from suffering any serious injuries.

“He told us we don’t have pads on so we don’t need to be on the ground, we don’t need to be bull rushing each other and stuff like that,” outside linebacker Jarvis Jones said, according to Scott Brown of ESPN.com. “Use your hands, run to the ball and keep it clean.”

Tomlin’s decision to clarify a few things with the team was also likely a result of skirmish last week that center Maurkice Pouncey had with rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier. That over exuberance by the Steelers first-round draft pick resulted in the All-Pro having a few words for him after he picked himself up off the ground.

Pouncey, of course, suffered a knee injury during the 2013 season-opener and last week was his first time back practicing. As Brown points out, it would have been disastrous had Pouncey messed up his surgically repaired knee again during a practice that’s not supposed to have any contact associated with it per the rules of the CBA.

As tight end Heath Miller told Brown, it’s dangerous to all players whenever other players are on the ground.

“Sometimes when guys get pulled to the ground or fall to the ground other guys around you are going to trip over you,” Miller said.

The Steelers will be lucky to avoid any serious injuries over the course of the offseason, but at least Tomlin took the time to teach in order to help prevent anything unnecessary happening. Several of these players are fighting for their livelihood, however, so Tomlin will more than likely have to keep reminding them to use their hands and to keep things clean.

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  • Matt Manzo

    Could you imagine if Pouncey got hurt then?!
    I got goose bumps just reading it!
    If he gets hurt again this year it would be the worst luck ever!
    It’s hard to call him injury prone but I admit he worries me.

  • treeher

    Tell ‘em all, keep your feet moving, don’t get trapped under somebody else.

  • SteelersDepot

    and always bring a towel…

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I bet Pouncey wishes the Steelers still made the Rookies wait a couple of years before playing.

  • Steelers@2010

    I’m glad to see the guy has made it back, better yet, I’m glad he didn’t get hurt last week as a result of it. However, it kills me how people make Pouncey out to be the 2nd coming of Mike Webster or Dermonti Dawson.

  • Matt Manzo

    Yeah. He needs way more full seasons!

  • SteelersDepot

    care to reveal where those people are that are comparing Pouncey to Webster?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Wow that could have been a disaster for Pouncey and the Steelers. Friendly fire gets Pouncey’s knee blown out 8 plays into the 2013 season and then what if this skirmish with Shazier re injured his same knee during OTA’s….could’ve been a lot worse. Wonder how that conversation went after Pouncey got back on his feet.

  • 2443scott

    well at least there seems to be fire in the steel furnace again ….but i agree wait till pads are on but turn ya back mike when they do they need to be ready and willing to be nasty….oh i for got goodell wants a little tea party and pinkies out

  • Steelers@2010

    Speaking of past articles; I guess you’re one of those individuals?