The afternoon practice today started at 2:55pm and will run until about 5pm. With the exception of those players on the PUP list, all are expected to participate in the first full day of training camp. James Harrison, Max Starks, Da-mon Cromartie-Smith, Rashard Mendenhall, Casey Hampton, and Jason Worilds are on the list and cannot practice with the team until they are removed from the PUP by the coaches. Mike Wallace of course still has not signed his tender offer and has not reported to camp. Until he signs that 1 yr. deal the Steelers have officially announced today that they are suspending all talks with him until he reports to camp and signs the 1 yr. deal. For what it’s worth since he’s not technically under contract he can’t be fined for not showing up to camp either.
The updates for Thursday are as follows: (ongoing throughout the evening)…Pics also included courtesy of the media watching practice.
@EdBouchette: #steelers GM Colbert confirms talks off with Wallace until he ends holdout. Plus, last offer no longer on table
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Colbert on Wallace: “We have chosen not to progress with negotiations at this point”
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Colbert: “this is a unique situation because because he is a RFA that has a tender”
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Since mike Wallace has yet to sign his tender, he is not under contract and cannot be fined for holding out.
Best of the day so far…
@MarkKaboly_Trib: James Harrison “who is ken stabler?”
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Colbert said they will use the three $500K cap breaks this year.
@dlolleyor: James Harrison said he scaled back his maniacal offseason workouts to ease his back problems and that it worked. #Steelers
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Isaac Redman:”I think we can be the best backfield in the league.” Hyperbole? Perhaps. But no denying #Steelers’ abundance of pure RB talent
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Mendenhall, Dwyer, Clay, Rainey…even Batch all were big-time backs at big-time programs. And Redman is the (rightful) starter. #Steelers
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: James Harrison,informed of comments bout him by Ken Stabler:”Ken who?..Never heard of him. His opinion doesn’t matter to me”@cbssportsNFLOAK
@MarkKaboly_Trib: Interns (coaching or scouting) on the Steelers staff this camp are Chidi Iwuoma, Oliver Gibson, Brentson Buckner and Tyrone Carter
@albyox: The wind’s picking up & some clouds are moving in, but the #Steelers are on the field for their 1st afternoon practice of training camp.
@BuzzsawPGH: James Harrison says he’s “definitely” healthier this camp than last.”Last yr at this time I was 6mos removed from 2 back surgeries”#Steelers
@DVEMike: Steelers taking first practice field steps of 2012 @dveradio http://p.twimg.com/AywJsJtCcAA6sjk.jpg
@DVEMike: Ben warming up @dveradio http://p.twimg.com/AywKRQ7CAAEqhCg.jpg
No more live tweeting while closed practices are going on so not much else will be reported on until practice is over. Most days practice is open to public but today is not.
@DVEMike: DLine coach John Mitchell prepping Steve McLendon, Kade Weston http://p.twimg.com/AywT1sCCIAAa7Nj.jpg
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Ben Roethlisberger on Mike Wallace-#Steelers contract: “I have confidence they’ll get it done.”
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Ben: “How much is Mike putting the work in? It is important, and I have confidence that when he gets here he’ll be reday to go.” #Steelers
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: E.Sanders on Wallace arrival:”I don’t know, I’m not Miss Cleo or anything of that sort so I can’t predict anything,but we def want him here”
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Sanders said he hasn’t called Wallace in a while “I know a lot of players are calling him and blowing up his phone.” #Steelers
@albyox: #Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: “It’s exciting to get back here and to be around the guys and really start putting in some real work.”
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: TE Heath Miller (left ankle) and DL Alameda Ta’amu (foot) each left practice early with “minor”, “not significant” injuries, per Mike Tomlin
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Not a surprise, but Ramon Foster said he ran w/ the 1st team offense at RG. He acknowledged that 1st rd pick David DeCastro’s time is coming
@DVEMike: Close of practice Thursday: Storm Vincent @dveradio
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Foster on seemingly-fruitless battle to start @ RG (DeCastro):”Its mine to lose. May the best man win…I have the conf to get the job done”
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Veteran Trai Essex also was with the 1st team at LT. But Max Starks is on PUP and 2nd rd pick Mike Adams figures to get a shot there
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: In other position so-called “battles,” Keenan Lewis was at RCB & Larry Foote at ILB. Chris Carter was at 1st team OLB(Harrison, Wolrids PUP)
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Tomlin on ’11 camp darling Baron Batch (torn ACL):”I cant remember what happened (last)Aug..if that gives you any indication of where he is”
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Some are reading into that that Chris Rainey has already passed Batch;I’m not buying that yet–was just a Tomlinism that Batch needs to work
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Tomlin called the recovery of RB coach Kirbby Wilson, who was badly burned in a Jan. house fire: “A blessing to have him back.”
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: An Armageddon-worthy storm pounding St. Vincent College as we speak. #Steelers just got practice in before it started.
@albyox: From the dorm room above the field at St. Vincent, we just saw a wicked lightning strike about 200 yards away-actually saw flames on ground.
@CBSSportsNFLPIT: Who wants to see a Chris Rainey-Mike Wallace 40yd race? That might be the only thing to get the competitive Wallace into camp– a challenge!
@steelers: It’s getting rough outside in Latrobe http://p.twimg.com/AywqtugCcAExEy2.jpg