Wednesday Morning Report

LATROBE -- The final morning practice of training camp was missed by Kendrell Bell (ankle), Rameel Connor (knee), LaVar Glover (abdomen), Kendall Simmons (hamstring), and Amos Zereoue (ankle) as the rest of the wounded returned to action.

As usual, red zone work was the highlight of the morning. The first play of the session resulted in Dewayne Washington intercepting Kordell Stewart.

Matt Cushing, who's in a battle with John Allred for the final spot at tight end, made another diving touchdown catch, this time from Tommy Maddox. On two subsequent plays, Mark Bruener and Corey Geason dropped easy passes. There were many tosses to the tight ends today and, as Mike Mularkey said in the paper the other day, "a pass to the tight end represents a breakdown in our offensive structure." He was kidding of course.

Lee Flowers picked off a pass out of a 2-down lineman alignment. He was then run down by Jerome Bettis, who left the bench area to make the play. For Flowers, his camp interception total is now three, and he said interceptions are a goal for him this season. He's intercepted two passes in his six years in the league.

In the team scrimmage, D.J. Flick of Slippery Rock made the catch of the day. While falling down, Flick reached up to make a one-handed grab of a Charlie Batch pass to end the practice.

FILM UPDATES -- Rookie strong safety Chris Hope leads the team with 13 tackles in the two preseason games, but no one seems excited about his ability or performances. Third-year DE Chris Combs is on the bubble as Chris Hoke proved he could play defensive end the other night. Combs could get the axe in favor of rookie Brett Keisel.

-- Jim Wexell

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