Thursday Practice Report

LATROBE – Injury-gate was the theme of practice today, as KDKA-TV broke into its regular 4 p.m. news show with the breaking news that Ben Roethlisberger was injured.

Turns out, it was only a Charlie Horse, but what the heck.

More interesting was the bag of ice on Roethlisberger's right hand - you know the one that wasn't injured during last year's playoffs.

When asked about that, Roethlisberger said it was nothing. We'll see. He's been throwing a lot of flutterballs.

Duce Staley sat out practice today and head coach Bill Cowher admitted Staley had fluid drained from his knee Wednesday. Not a good sign. Cowher said they will hold Staley out until Saturday.

Travis Kirschke missed practice as well today with a stiff back, but it's not considered serious.

Cedrick Wilson was at it again today, this time turning Ricardo Colclough inside out after catching a pass and then causing Troy Polamalu to fall down as he turned back inside on a long pass from Roethlisberger - who actually threw the ball better this afternoon than he had thus far.

Noah Herron looked good in individual blitz pickup, while Willie Parker won a couple of times as well.

The star of the day on the defensive line was undrafted rookie Elliot Harris, a 285-pound defensive tackle. When he was at defensive end, Harris looked unstoppable. On one play, he ran completely through Max Starks, driving the big man to the ground as Starks screamed.

But when they put Harris on the nose, he got stoned by Ben Claxton, so he may be and end in the end instead of a tackle.

Chris Kimoeatu also looked good working against Kimo von Oelhoffen, who usually eats young guys up in this drill with his strength. Kimoeatu wasn't going to be bulled over, though.

Courtesy of the Observer-Reporter

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