That didn't stop the team from going through its physical 9 on 7 run drills, which were marked by the use of tight ends Matt Cushing, Jerame Tuman, and Bryan Walker at fullback.
Starting TE Mark Bruener, on the PUP list with a foot injury, remains sidelined. Coach Bill Cowher did not rule out activating Bruener earlier this week, but he remains sidelined. Also, to round out the big back theme during the 9 on 7's, tailback R.J. Bowers took reps at fullback.
On the other side of the field, in one on one drills, rookie receiver Antwaan Randle El and Lee Mays took turns beating Chad Scott and Dewayne Washington, respectively. Randle El, however, dropped his first pass of training camp during the team scrimmage.
Back to the 7 on 7's, the highlights were Hank Poteat breaking up a Kordell Stewart deep ball intended for Terance Mathis; rookie LaVar Glover breaking up a Tommy Maddox deep pass intended for Hines Ward; and Bowers showing nifty hands as a tailback.
In the team scrimmage, Kordell Stewart showed that he hasn't lost anything as a runner by bolting through a hole vacated by a blitzing Kendrell Bell. Meanwhile, Ward made the catch of the day by going up over Deshea Townsend. Townsend then came back to rock Mathis on a high pass from Charlie Batch. Ward also showed off his blocking skills as he and Plaxico Burress leveled a pair of defensive backs on a run by Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala.
The collision of the day came on a screen pass to Bowers - linebacker John Fiala and third team left tackle Jermese Jones met 10 yards downfield, with Jones receiving the worst of it and staggering to a halt.