The Steelers returned to their South Side practice facility Saturday for the final two weeks of training camp and were greeted with something that was familiar and unusual at the same time.
Mike Tomlin put his team through a 2 1/2-hour practice that was typical of what he ordered during the three weeks of training camp at St. Vincent College.
It was something that caught the players off-guard.
"A lot of guys mentally didn't think we were going to be doing that," receiver Mike Wallace said.
LaMarr Woodley doesn't remember having such a physical practice at the South Side facility in his four previous seasons.
"Nah, we didn't expect this," Woodley said. "It was a little different. We haven't had the OTAs and minicamps, so it was good for everybody including the young guys as well."
Tomlin said he wanted to make sure his team still realizes that they are in training camp mode, even though they have returned to their facility.
"The point we are making to our football team is, even though we are back at the comforts of our facility, the team building hasn't stopped," Tomlin said.