Tuesday Practice Report One QB in,one knocked down

<b>LATROBE -</b> While the camp was abuzz with news of the signing of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it was another quarterback who was knocked down during blocking drills that was the highlight of Tuesday afternoon's practice here at St. Vincent College.

Linebacker Joey Porter beat his man in the one-on-one linebacker running backs drills and nailed head coach Bill Cowher, who was playing quarterback and directing the drill, knocking the coach to the ground.

"That's the first time I've ever been sacked in that drill and it will be the last time," said Cowher with a smile.

Porter said he was just trying to get to the QB and things went from there.

"Usually, he gets out of the way, but he didn't make it today," Porter said.

Porter's play was typical of the Steelers' afternoon practice - their only one of the day - as the session was marked by several physical hits.

Safety Chris Hope layed a couple of nice hits on offensive players, knocking down Lee Mays and Duce Staley after they had made catches.

Nick McNeil made his presence known to running back Jerome Bettis during the 9-on-7 drill, driving The Bus into the ground on a sweep.

And Dedrick Roper looked sharp, nailing Dante Brown on a running play in 9-on-7 and embarrassing Staley in the one-on-one blocking drills with a great swim move.

Linebacker Kendrell Bell did not practice Tuesday because of a bruise on his back that stiffened up. But the injury is not serious and Bell should return Wednesday morning.

Bobby Blizzard (flu), Shane Walton (foot), Jerame Tuman (elbow) and Clark Haggans (hand) also did not practice. Cowher said Walton and Blizzard could return Wednesday.

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