Monday afternoon practice report

<b>LATROBE -</b> Will he or won't he? <br><br> For the past several training camps, Steelers head coach Bill Cowher has given the team time off sometime in their last week here for a team movie day.

No word yet on whether Cowher plans to do it again this year, but Tuesday would be the day if it happens.

Cowher ran practice Monday afternoon as if he was testing the team to see if it deserved a movie day, as the team worked in full pads with a lot of emphasis placed on the running game.

Of course Kendrell Bell and Alan Faneca didn't practice - both sat out with shoulder problems - so two of the more key players in any running drill weren't there.

As they began the drills, Cowher yelled out at the players, "This is not for everybody guys, this is not for everybody."

And indeed, some of the collisions were monumental. Dan Kreider and Clint Kriewaldt had a massive meeting that echoed on the hillside, as did Daryl Kennedy and some poor soul who I couldn't pick out of the mass of humanity that clogged the running lane.

At one point, Max Starks drew Cowher's ire by lunging to make a block and losing his balance. "Stay on your feet Max," Cowher yelled.

Ben Roethlisberger had the football follie of the afternoon, pulling a Mike Tomczak and losing the ball from his hand as he cranked back to throw after stepping up in the pocket.

Later, Tommy Maddox made a perfect throw for about a 40-yard pass play to Plaxico Burress, who had gotten behind Chidi Iwuoma. Burress made a great over-the-shoulder catch on the perfectly placed pass.

During the one-on-one pass rush drills, Alonzo Jackson drew the wrath of line coach John Mitchell, who told the underachieving Jackson after his fourth straight attempt to speed rush a blocker, "You can't go to the outside every time son. Sometimes you have to hit his ass right in the chin."

I don't know if that's possible, but it was a funny line anyway. Maybe one good enough for the movies.

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