Wilson wasn't the only player still out of action this morning, as rookie linebacker Mike Kudla is still out as well with his sore hamstring. Can't make the club in the tub, as Chuck Noll used to say.
An optimist would look at Holmes's day and say that at least he was practicing. The rookie missed yesterday's session with a sore hamstring, so that is a plus. His problems with his hands continued into his pattern running as he dropped three passes as well. Maybe the rookie is doing a little too much thinking out there.
The Steelers worked on their red-zone offense in 9-on-7 drills and only scored two clear touchdowns in about 15 minutes.
The other touchdown pass came from Charlie Batch to Hines Ward - working against Ricardo Colclough - in the front corner of the end zone on the final play of the drill. Colclough, by the way, fielded all of his punts without a muff.
Ben Roethlisberger was throwing the ball with more zip today, picking up on his better session Tuesday afternoon. But he did overthrow Quincy Morgan on a skinny post on the first play of the red-zone drill. The ball was picked by safety Troy Polamalu, who was covering Morgan over the top.
Two rookie nicknames I've picked up in the last 24 hours: Willie Colon is being called "Big Poppy" by his teammates, perhaps because he bears a resemblance to Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, although I don't see it. Defensive end/linebacker Lee Vickers is being called "Speed."
We'll have more after the night practice from Latrobe Stadium.
(Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.)