- One player who wasn't enjoying the Townsend interception was fellow
starting cornerback Chad Scott, who had a rough afternoon. First, he
and safety Chris Hope banged shoulders during a collision – the
practices are in shorts and a shirt only, no pads – and then had his
calf stepped on by a leaping Hines Ward. The second injury ended
- Running back Duce Staley, the team''s biggest free agent signee,
looked at home in the Steelers offense, catching the ball well and
showing a great burst when carrying the ball.
"He looked good," said Steelers head coach Bill Cowher. "He caught everything thrown near him."
- Nose tackle Casey Hampton, whose weight became an issue at the
beginning of training camp last season, looks to be in playing shape, a
good sign considering Hampton is coming off his first Pro Bowl.
Hampton reported to training camp last year at least 30 pounds overweight and took several weeks to play himself into shape.
- The camp's first scary moment? Backup tackle Todd Fordham showing
third-round draft pick Max Starks proper hand placement during blocking
Talk about the blind leading the blind.
- Freddie Millions had the catch of the afternoon session, splitting the second-team dime defense down the seam and catching a long TD pass from Tommy Maddox.
Roethlisberger struggles, Scott injured
Roethlisberger, the Steelers' No. 1 draft pick, had numerous passes knocked down by defenders during the team portion of the practice and threw his first interception, a grab by cornerback Deshea Townsend that drew whoops and hollers from the defense.
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