Wednesday morning practice report

<b>LATROBE -</b> So much for the Alonzo Jackson experiment. <br><br> A day after returning to light duty, Clark Haggans stepped back into the lineup full-time Wednesday morning, sending Alonzo Jackson to the bench.

Haggans took all the snaps with the first-team defense at left outside linebacker, just one day after having the pins removed from his broken right hand.

It gave the Steelers their first look in this training camp of what is projected to be their starting defense this season, with Deshea Townsend and Chad Scott at corner, Troy Polamalu and Chris Hope at safety, Haggans, Kendrell Bell, James Farrior and Joey Porter at linebacker, and Kimo von Oelhoffen, Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton on the line.

In other news Wednesday morning, Ben Roethlisberger continued his habit of looking great on one play and then making a rookie mistake sometime later in practice.

Roethlisberger threw a perfect strike on a post to Lee Mays for a touchdown against Chidi Iwuoma, but a few plays later, Ike Taylor picked off a very poorly thrown 15-yard out by Roethlisberger. The learning continues.

Tommy Maddox didn't look particularly sharp today, but did make a nice pass to Antwaan Randle El right out of his break that showed Maddox is still a little ahead of Roethlisberger at this point.

The kid has more talent, but Maddox just has more savvy at this point.

The only guys who didn't practice were Kendrick Clancy, Terry Fair and Shane Walton. It's actually only notable now when Walton does practice, however.

Steel City Insider Top Stories