The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting a little banged up just a few days into training camp.
Wide receiver Limas Sweed, the team's second-round draft pick, and offensive tackle Jeremy Parquet both went down with cramps and had to leave practice early.
Sweed was taken off on a cart as a precaution.
Head coach Mike Tomlin has really been riding third-round pick Bruce Davis, a linebacker.
He was all over Davis in the morning practice, telling him to show him something in punt return practice as a rush man. Later, in one-on-one blocking drills with the tight ends, Tomlin had Davis retry his repetitions practically every time.
Davis missed all of the OTAs because his class hadn't graduated from UCLA yet and is behind. The coach obviously wants to get the rookie up to speed – now.
Then, when Parquett went out, Essex also played some right guard with the second unit.
Essex also showed a little feistiness – and perhaps stupidity – tangling with linebacker James Harrison after a play. It was just some extra pushing and shoving, but Essex isn't backing down from anybody. Maybe he finally gets it.
Clark looks good and is playing well after a very difficult 2007 season.
I was watching rookie linebacker Mike Humpal closely today in 9-on-7 and he looks like he knows what he's doing in coverage. He jumped a pass in the morning session for an interception and he looks pretty good dropping into coverage. He looks like a heady player.
Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.