Practice report: Friday, Aug. 7

SteelCityInsider.com contributor Dale Lolley gives news on Frank the Tank, Ramon Foster and others.

The Pittsburgh Steelers held their first night practice at Latrobe High School Stadium following a light morning practice at Saint Vincent College.

Here's what we have to report:

© Troy Polamalu announced his return to the practice field with authority, picking off Ben Roethlisberger's first pass in team drills.

You have to love that kind of return.

© Defensive tackle Scott Paxson appeared to tweak his right knee in warmups and was getting it looked at by trainer Ryan Grove. He did not return.

The same goes for wide receiver Brandon Williams this morning. He was getting ice put on the left side of his ribs by trainer John Norwig this morning and was MIA tonight.

© LaMarr Woodley is still out with his right knee swelling. No new news there. The same goes for tight end Sean McHugh.

Also sitting out today were running back Mewelde Moore and wide receiver Martin Nance.

© After Frank "The Tank" Summers took on James Harrison in backs on backers, refusing to give ground to Harrison's bull rush, Mike Tomlin put the pair together again for the drill's gand finale.

Summers set up to take on the bull rush from Harrison – who was being egged on by his teammates – and Harrison deked him with an inside move.

Welcome to the NFL rookie.

Overall, though, the running backs got the better of this one today.

I still like what I see of Isaac Redman in this drill. I don't know if he can run the ball in the NFL, but he sure can block one-on-one. He pancaked Bruce Davis in his rep with him.

Perhaps remembering when Lawrence Timmons knocked him into next week at Latrobe Stadium last year, tight end Dezmond Sherrod set up for Timmons' bull rush and also got deked out of his shoes.

© It was a good day for Dallas Baker, who took hard shots from both Tyrone Carter and Andy Schatz on passes over the middle. Baker held onto the ball on both plays and got up and kept running.

© Stefan Logan looks quick and elusive returning punts and gets good breaks in and out of his routes running passes.

But Logan did muff the first punt kicked to him today. He did recover the ball, though.

© Daniel Sepulveda is booming the ball.

He's wearing a brace on his surgically repaired right (plant) knee and says he will likely wear it all year.

Sepulveda admitted to being extra pumped for his first kicking session in this training camp and was also obviously stoked to be kicking again tonight in front of 15,000 fans.

© The coaching staff moved Tony Hills over to right tackle in one-on-one pass blocking and he actually looked way better there than he did on the left side.

Hills handled Arnold Harrison twice before doing the same with Nick Eason.

Does he have the strength to be a run blocker on the right side? Probably not. But at least he looked like a capable player over there.

© Mike Wallace continues to impress. Tonight it was a touchdown from Charlie Batch on a pass from the slot between Tyrone Carter and Ryan Mundy in the red zone drills.

The kid has shown his great speed and is also displaying good hands - though we were told tonight that on further review, he did not get both feet down in the two-minute drill Thursday.

© The team is stepping up the competition for rookie guard Ramon Foster. He's not getting to work against Paxson or Jordan Reffett any more.

Tonight the team was running Travis Kirschke and Ziggy Hood at Foster, who's been impressive.

Foster won some and lost some. But he's a scrapper.

Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.


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