Notebook: Steelers sign Drummond

A wrap up of the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice on Thursday, July 31.

LATROBE – Massive tackle Jason Capizzi, of Pine-Richland High and IUP, was waived after coming to terms on an injury settlement with the Steelers.

Taking his place on the roster is kick return specialist Eddie Drummond, a Pittsburgh native who played collegiately at Penn State. He was signed to a one-year deal.

Drummond (5-9, 190) has played six NFL seasons, five with the Detroit Lions and last season with the Kansas City Chiefs. In his career, he's returned 250 kickoffs for a 23.2 average with two touchdowns, and 140 punts for a 9.1 average with four touchdowns.

Drummond made the Pro Bowl following the 2004 season, but his numbers have since declined. Last year with the Chiefs, Drummond averaged 21.2 per kickoff return and 6.9 per punt return, despite playing with an injured hand the final three-fourths of the season.

"He's an East Liberty man," Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said of Drummond's Pittsburgh roots. "He's a return man who has some special teams background in other areas – being a gunner, covering kickoffs. He's shown he's capable of doing that over the course of his career."

Capizzi, who showed the coaching staff some promise after recovering from a stress fracture in his foot last spring, re-injured the foot and will undergo surgery.


Limas Sweed, Bryant McFadden and James Farrior returned to practice, but Anthony Smith remained on the sidelines with a groin injury. Tomlin said Smith "might be more than day-to-day at this point."

Impressive rookie linebacker Mike Humpal left practice with a slight hamstring pull but could return Friday. Defensive end Travis Kirschke was given the day off.

While Sweed returned, he was told by an eye doctor that he needs glasses.

"The old wide receiver in me," Tomlin said. "When you see guys struggling to pick up the blur of the ball, that's one of the first things you look at. We did. There was a minor issue there, and hopefully it's a winning edge for him. By no means are we going to lean on it. He's got to go out and catch footballs."


Bruce Davis missed spring drills because of the NFL's rules about graduating classes, so Tomlin has been on him like a bear the last two days.

"He's got to hurry up to catch up," Tomlin said. "He's in the process of doing that, which might require an extra rep or two. He's in great shape, and he's going to need it because he has some ground to make up."

Davis has an array of pass-rushing moves and shows enough speed to be considered a solid outside linebacking prospect.


The Steelers will practice Friday night at Latrobe Memorial Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Tomlin said the team won't run the drill that's become a favorite of fans: the goal-line drill.

"We're going to go out and be physical, and hopefully give fans something to look at. We're going to compete," Tomlin said. "We've got backs-on-backers and blitz-pickup. That'll be the highlight drill of tomorrow's practice. We're going to focus on red zone, make people stand up and defend that precious grass, and try to get points down there. We talk about situational football, and the point swing is going to make us great. Defensively, we can't let people put 7 on the board. Offensively, if we're going to be great we have to get 7."

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