A day after left tackle Wayne Gandy was sidelined with an ankle sprain, first-round pick Kendall Simmons may have suffered a broken hand during Monday's afternoon drills. Simmons, who is competing for the starting right guard spot, left the field with trainer John Norwig for X-rays. The extent of his injury won't be known until later.
With Gandy out for at least the next week to 10 days with his ankle sprain, the team began the day with an offensive line that included Simmons at right guard and Oliver Ross at left tackle in Gandy's stead. When Simmons went down during the one-minute drills at the end of practice, Ross slid back inside to right guard and was replaced at left tackle by Mathias Nkwenti.
In other news Monday afternoon, Plaxico Burress put on a show at wide receiver making several nice catches along the sidelines. The best was a leaping, one-handed grab of a Kordell Stewart pass against Chad Scott, which drew cheers from the crowd.
Jerame Tuman (abdomen) and Dallas Davis (hamstring) remained out of action.
Head coach Bill Cowher just about blew a gasket today when the team fumbled three quarterback-center exchanges during 9-on-7 drills. At one point, Cowher screamed at center Matt Anderson - who was involved in two of the fumbles - and made the team do that portion of the 9-on-7 again.
On the long snapper front, Bob Jones may have hurt his chances with a bad snap during field goal drills. Then again, at least he wasn't called for a holding penalty on a blocked punt.
The heat index for Monday's practice was 94.