For one thing, the Steelers' conditioning staff doesn't believe in heavy weights/low reps - they believe in high reps/high intensity. They also know that shrugs are a bodybuilding exercise and that strong traps have little use on the football field. Anyway, Bell returned to the lineup Wednesday morning, as did Pernell Griffin, the rookie free agent linebacker from East Carolina.
Amos Zereoue received a scare when his left knee was banged up while running with a screen pass. Zereoue was looked at on the field, then helped up and off by trainers, and then treated on the sideline. He said he's fine, his liver's fine, he doesn't need a flak jacket, and everything's coming along just, well, fine.
Plaxico Burress had a flat practice after what a source with the team termed "three excellent practices." Funny thing is that during those three practices, Burress appeared to be testing the limits of his coaches by consistently walking slowly when going back to the huddle and when the units switched sides of the field. He also laid on his back motionless while EVERYONE else on the team stretched after Tuesday's afternoon practice.
Burress hustled today, as if someone had given him a talk, but he also had a flat practice until he caught a slant over the middle from Tommy Maddox and burst past two safeties for what would've been a big gain. Burress is certainly an enigma. He's the most explosive player on offense, yet perhaps the team's biggest cancer. Barry Bonds anyone?
-- Jim Wexell