Friday morning practice report

As the Hines Ward saga nears its second week, Steelers camp has hit something of a lull.

This is always the case in the two weeks leading up to the preseason opener, as you can only watch so much practice before losing your mind.

The hamstring boys, Lee Mays and Walter Young, were out again this morning. Can't make the club in the tub, fellas. Also MIA this morning were center Jeff Hartings, guard Kendall Simmons, linebacker James Farrior, cornerbacks Deshea Townsend and Ricardo Colclough, and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El.

I was told by the Steelers' PR staff that Sean Morey did, indeed, practice Thursday night. But, as if on cue, Morey suffered some kind of leg injury during Friday morning's session and sat out the rest of the practice. That left the Steelers with five healthy receivers, including Chris Doering, who was signed Thursday.

The other veterans sitting out practice isn't much of a concern at this point. Chances are, they'll be back this afternoon - at least some of them.

On the plus side, Travis Kirschke practiced for the first time in over a week. Could be a veteran move by Kirschke, sitting out a week's worth of practice and coming back just in time for the preseason games.

It was a big morning for the tight ends, as they caught three TDs in the red zone practice, two by Jerame Tuman and one by Heath Miller. Then again, given the team's receiving problems, throwing to the tight end is the only option.

But Tuman and Miller looked good. Tommy Maddox threw a particularly nice fade to Miller, who didn't even have to jump to catch the ball over his shoulder with Ike Taylor in pursuit.

Clark Haggans had a strong series against Max Starks, beating the second-year tackle for a sack and then getting good pressure. The big guy is going to have his struggles at times, especially with speed rushers. Most teams put their bull rushers on the right side, however, and I don't know that it will work against the 340-plus pound Starks.

Brian St. Pierre made an awful read during the red zone drill, throwing the ball right into Alonzo Jackson's stomach. Jackson caught the ball easily.

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