Tuesday's practice report

Welcome to the Dog Days of training camp. Or at least that was the word from Bill Cowher following Tuesday's lackluster performance here at St. Vincent College.

Deshea Townsend tweaked his Achilles tendon, while Joey Porter hyperextended his knee Tuesday. Neither is considered serious, but those were the highlights of an otherwise blah practice.

The team finished with a pair of one-minute drills, with Charlie Batch directing the first-team offense and Brian St. Pierre running the second team.

Batch moved the team into field goal range with a pair of long passes to Antwaan Randle El, while St. Pierre saved what had been his worst day of practice by throwing a nice completion over the middle to a leaping Zamir Cobb and then tossing a 34-yard TD pass to Fred Gibson on a pump-and-go against Janssen Patten.

Bryant McFadden made a couple of plays today, knocking away a couple of passes, thus drawing oohs and ahs from the guys who must not pay attention at practice. That's who Cowher was asked about by reporters. Meanwhile, it was Ike Taylor who replaced Townsend in the base defense.

Taylor makes some plays out there and has the physical ability, but I still question his concentration at times. If he could ever concentrate play-in and play-out, he could be a very good player. But it only takes one bad play to ruin a corner's game.

In 11-on-11, Tommy Maddox made a nice throw over the top of the defense to Heath Miller running down the seam one-on-one against Rian Wallace. If they can do that in the regular season, safeties will have to play them honest.

The team was looking at Chad Scott, Nate Washington, Fred Gibson and Sam Simmons on kickoff returns.

Scott, signed Monday to replace Duce Staley, got a nice welcome to the team by James Harrison in the backs on backers, getting lit up in the one-on-one blocking drill. The offense won the drill, however, 10-7, by Cowher's count.

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