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Monday Morning Report

<p>LATROBE -- The toughest week of the year began this morning in stifling heat. Another heat wave is expected to last through the week, one which is not going to be fun for anyone. " The first week or so was fun getting back and all that,&quot; said Russ Grimm. &quot;Next week will be fun because the end is in sight. But this week will be the dog days, man. And I mean DOG DAYS. No one will be happy until this week is over.&quot;</p>

Wayne Gandy missed the morning practice and the doctor's report won't be available until this afternoon. As we reported yesterday, the injury is not believed to be serious. Oliver Ross continued at LT and Kendall Simmons continued at RG with the first team this morning. Mathias Nkwenti (LT) and Keydrick Vincent (RG) are expected to receive first-team reps this afternoon.

Also missing from practice were Dallas Davis (hamstring), who worked with the trainer on the side, and Jerame Tuman, who expects to return very soon from the abdominal injury he suffered when elbowed in the stomach last week. Mike Logan (hamstring) finally practiced with the first-team dime and Dewayne Washington returned after missing one practice with a virus.

In punt and punt return work, Troy Edwards and Hank Poteat were the first-team gunners, Brent Alexander was the first-team fullback and Amos Zereoue and Larry Foote continued to work on the right side of the line. Those two had a miscommunication Thursday that resulted in a blocked kick. The second-team gunners were Antwaan Randle El and Lee Mays, and LaVar Glover was the second-team fullback. The punt returners continue to be Randle El, Poteat and Edwards.

In the 7 on 7 red zone work, the offense had plenty of trouble. Kordell Stewart was intercepted by Alexander on the fist play. Dan Kreider then dropped a Stewart pass; Kendrell Bell batted away a pass while blanketing Randle El, and Alexander broke up a pass into the end zone to Mark Bruener. Stewart finally connected on the sixth play, a touchdown pass to Hines Ward over Washington.

The highlight of the team scrimmage was a hard-charging Casey Hampton chasing Stewart to the sideline. Stewart, to say the least, had a look of urgency about him before unloading the ball.

--Jim Wexell

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