Tuesday practice report

<b>LATROBE - </b> Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, we're free at last. <br><br> Tuesday afternoon's practice ended with Ricardo Colclough being taped to a goal post with Joey Porter dumping large amounts of ice water over his head. That's the first time I've seen that done here in 12 years. That's your veteran leadership, Joey.

Kendrell Bell practiced sparingly, but has been declared out of Thursday's game.

Kurt Kittner put on a show Tuesday afternoon, making every defensive player's highlight film.

First came a slant Colclough jumped and batted down in the end zone. Then, Russell Stuvaints jumped a slant and picked it off, going for a TD. Then, Troy Polamalu, who was blitzing, leaped into the air to knock a Kittner pass back in the QB's face.

Kevin Colbert was standing beside me as all of this happened and I leaned over and told him, "Now I know why you brought this guy in, he's here to pump up everyone's ego on defense."

Lee Mays had a couple of drops this afternoon, including a touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger than hit him directly in the hands right out of his break.

Roethlisberger rebounded to make a great fade pass to Antwaan Randle El, who tipped the ball twice in the air and then caught it and kept his feet in bounds.

Chris Doering (groin) also did not practice, but will play Thursday. Terry Fair will likely be released as soon as he is healthy (see Shane Walton) which may be never at this point.

The team actually practiced this morning instead of going to the movies. But it was a completely listless session.

Chris Hope made a nice interception and Roethlisberger threw a down and out to Ike Taylor that looked like it was thrown to Taylor instead of the receiver, but those were about the only highlights.

Camp is over for me, as I'm heading to Philly tomorrow. And life couldn't be better.

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