Roethlisberger banged up

Ben Roethlisberger was banged up at Wednesday's OTA workout, but it doesn't appear to be serious.

Ben Roethlisberger gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a bit of a scare today when he got stepped on by linebacker Lawrence Timmons while throwing a pass and came away limping during the team's OTA workouts.

Roethlisberger was hurt during a red zone drill, missing high on a pass intended for Santonio Holmes. After the pass sailed high of Holmes in the end zone, Roethlisberger limped off the field and did not return.

He continued to favor his left leg but did not return to take any more snaps.

Roethlisberger refused to comment on the injury while leaving the practice field, but it doesn't seem to be a long-term thing.

© While Roethlisberger's injury was something of a scare, the Steelers did get some good news Wednesday as wide receiver Hines Ward participated in position drills.

Ward, who still isn't doing any team work, has been at every OTA session, but hasn't participated after having offseason shoulder surgery.

© Starting outside linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley were missing today and were replaced by Arnold Harrison and Andre Frazier.

As has been the case, safeties Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark - who's also recovering from an offseason shoulder surgery - and Tyrone Carter weren't here. That left the starting safety spots to Ryan Mundy and Roy Lewis, who are getting plenty of extra work.

Right guard Darnell Stapleton was also missing. He was replaced by Trai Essex.

Tight end Heath Miller was at practice but did not participate. No word on what might be wrong with him.

© Veteran receiver Shaun McDonald had the catch of the day, hauling in a long, one-handed diving touchdown catch from Charlie Batch during the final team drills.

It was a beautiful pass and an even more spectacular catch.

© The team did a lot of work today on its screen game and the offensive coaching staff had to like what it saw.

© Placekicker Jeff Reed showed off his leg, making a 60-yard field goal with several yards to spare, much to the delight of his teammates.

Moments later, Piotr Czech got his chance and the snap from rookie Mark Estermyer was high, throwing off Czech's timing. The kick came up short.

As he walked to the sidelines, head coach Mike Tomlin explained to Czech, "There's going to come a time in Latrobe when it's 98 degrees and I'm going to line you up for a kick like that. If you make it, we'll end practice and you'll endear yourself to your teammates."

It's been something Tomlin has done in each of his first two training camps and obviously he likes to give the kickers something of a pressure kick while making them feel a part of everything that's going on.

Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.


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