Tuesday afternoon practice

<b>LATROBE -</b> The Steelers got a big scare at Tuesday afternoon's practice at St. Vincent College when running back Amos Zereoue was injured on the final play of practice.

Zereoue, who had missed a handful of practices last week after having his foot stepped on, suffered what head coach Bill Cowher said was "a lateral ankle sprain," while diving for a Charlie Batch pass on fourth down of the second unit's one-minute drill.

The injury is not considered serious at this point, but will likely keep Zereoue, who is battling with Jerome Bettis for the starting running back spot, out of Saturday's preseason opener at Detroit.

Center Jeff Hartings sat out again with his balky knee and Cowher said he is questionable to play Saturday.

Fullback Wes Ours also missed Tuesday's practice with a high ankle sprain.

Now, on to the practice notes:
Lee Mays had another good practice, beating Ike Taylor deep for a TD and making a juggling catch and keeping his feet inbounds on the final play of the No. 1 offense's shot at the one-minute drill.

Mays went out of bounds with the catch at the 7, with the offense attempting to get into field goal range.

That was a win for the offense.

The No. 2 defense won the second drive, as Nashville Dyer blew up a wide receiver screen for a loss on first down and Batch threw three incompletions - the final of which Zereoue was injured on - to end the drive.

Oliver Ross continues to struggle in one-on-one blocking drills against just about everyone. That's not a good sign.

Todd Fordham has looked better than Ross at this point and may end up getting the starting nod.

Aaron Smith continues to blow up plays, jumping screen passes and eating up running backs.

Mike Logan is having a nice camp and if Troy Polamalu continues to improve, could push Brent Alexander out of the starting lineup. Logan and Polamalu are the two best safeties in camp, physically. Alexander still holds the mental edge.

Josh Miller looks like he's in midseason form punting the ball, while new punter Glenn Paklulak showed off a nice leg today also. He's not as deep or high as Miller, but he shows a lot of promise.

Dale Lolley
SteelCitySports.com

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