Practice Aug. 4: LeBeau to miss a practice

Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau will have a good excuse for missing his first practice. Also, Roger Goodell instills Ben Roethlisberger with hope, and plenty of practice notes.

LATROBE – Dick LeBeau played 171 consecutive games at cornerback, and that's an NFL record. LeBeau also spent 51-plus years in the NFL without missing a practice, and that's just amazing.

But the lifetime streak will come to an end Friday when LeBeau leaves training camp for Canton, where he'll be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

"What better blessing from God," said Troy Polamalu, who'll join the rest of the Steelers organization Saturday at the ceremony.


Commissioner Roger Goodell will visit Steelers camp on Thursday and most likely will sit down with Ben Roethlisberger to discuss whether his suspension will be reduced from six to four games.

Goodell gave an indication which way he's leaning Wednesday in Baltimore, where he told reporters, "He is doing what he's been asked to do, and frankly more."

"That's positive and encouraging," said Roethlisberger. "I have done everything he has asked, and I've tried to go above and beyond."


* Fullback Frank Summers (concussion) and nose tackle Steve McClendon (illness) missed Wednesday's practice, along with Jonathan Dwyer and Jason Worilds, who are still suffering from hamstring injuries. Coach Mike Tomlin said that Dwyer, Worilds and the PUP-listed Andre Frazier have begun running and could return to practice soon.

Nose tackle Scott Paxson and fullback Dwayne Wright left Wednesday's practice with "heat-related discomfort," according to Tomlin. The heat index at the start of practice was 95 degrees.


* Casey Hampton dressed but did not take part in scrimmages, so Chris Hoke and Paxson were the only available nose tackles. Paxson was carted from the field with two sessions remaining.

* Ben Roethlisberger can still throw the prettiest pass while on the move. This time he threw a rainbow between Joe Burnett and Tuff Harris into the arms of Arnaz Battle for a sizable gain.

* On the next snap, a stationary Roethlisberger threw behind Antonio Brown at the sideline and rookie cornerback Crezdon Butler was chastised by his position coach for not coming up with an interception.

* NFL officials worked the practice and Brown, who caught a pass from Dennis Dixon, got up off the ground and flipped the ball into the face of the head linesman. Brown took two more steps toward the huddle before thinking better of the situation, and the rookie retreated to apologize.

* Tomlin insists he's not emphasizing the run game this camp, but held yet another run-intensive workout. Rashard Mendenhall, returning from a toe injury, was enjoying his best practice of camp, but on one carry cut back into the waiting arms of LaMarr Woodley, who flipped Mendenhall to the ground.

* During the kick return session, Stefan Logan and Joe Burnett took turns. This time, Burnett, with his smooth stride, was the more successful, returning one of his two kickoffs to the defense's 40-yard line.

* All of the work didn't seem to bother Hoke, who had Justin Hartwig on skates during the one-on-one drills.

* Ramon Foster enjoyed a fine one-on-one session, stopping Nick Eason twice, Ziggy Hood once and Doug Worthington once.

* Hood, though, whipped Doug Legursky rather easily.

* Maurkice Pouncey drew the short stick when Aaron Smith stepped up in front of the rookie, but Pouncey kept Smith at bay as the veteran very slowly pushed Pouncey back to the quarterback.

* Gadget plays marked the third scrimmage, but Polamalu wasn't fooled by the reverse to Mike Wallace. Polamalu gave the speedster a good pop at the line of scrimmage.

* Antwaan Randle El followed the reverse with an inside handoff, and on the next snap Mewelde Moore ran a statue-of-liberty type draw.

* Roethlisberger faked twice before turning to whip a quick and well-timed screen to tight end Matt Spaeth, but Jonathan Scott missed a block and Tuff Harris stopped the play short of the first down marker.

* Roethlisberger rolled right and didn't slow down while throwing across his body to an open Emmanuel Sanders in the middle of the field. Sanders began a series of effective jukes before the play was blown dead.

* On one of the final plays, with a storm front moving in, Battle ran a reverse that was read easily by James Harrison and Butler at the line of scrimmage.

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