Morning Practice Report

The Steelers finally got back into the business of football Tuesday morning and it looks as if the defense is a little ahead of the offense at this point.

But that's to be expected considering the defense returns all 11 starters and the offense is without four players who finished last season as starters.

All 85 players in camp practiced Tuesday morning, leaving the 86th, No. 86, as the only remaining no-show.

The first pass of 7-on-7s went to tight end Jerame Tuman. A sign of things to come? Maybe.

Fred Gibson made a nice catch on a long pass down the sideline over Ike Taylor. Gibson's a long strider and the speedy Taylor was stride-for-stride with him, but couldn't make a play on a ball that was thrown perfectly from Ben Roethlisberger over Gibson's outside shoulder.

Vontez Duff had a diving interception on a ball that hit off of wide receiver Sean Morey's hands, off another corner's head and into the air.

On the first play of the 11-on-11 drills, Deshea Townsend jumped Antwaan Randle El's skinny post and nearly picked off Roethlisberger's pass. Randle El broke it up.

Safety Chris Hope had a nice leaping interception of a Roethlisberger pass intended for Cedrick Wilson. Roethlisberger was chased out of the pocket to his right by Aaron Smith and Wilson broke with him 35 yards downfield. Hope read the quarterback well and made the grab in front of Wilson.

The team seems intent on working its young corners all over the field and they rotated constantly. Bryant McFadden looks comfortable out there, but needs to tone back some of his aggressiveness. He broke up a pass intended for Lee Mays, but appeared to interfere with Mays on the play. McFadden does a lot of hand fighting.

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