Another day, another change in the Steelers' offensive line.
Max Starks was back with the first team yesterday at right tackle. It's a position where he started the past two seasons but was supplanted the past two games by Willie Colon.
Colon also practiced with the first team Monday through Wednesday this week but was bumped to the second team yesterday.
Coach Mike Tomlin was not available for comment after practice but did tell a few reporters at lunch time, "Wait until you see what I do with the offensive line today!"
Colon said he was told merely that Starks would be running with the "ones." And Starks was not quite sure what to make of it.
"Yesterday was Willie's day, today is my day. We don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, so just take it day by day.
"It is what it is. They're going to make their decision, and whatever capacity I'm supposed to be in, I will be there at all times, ready to go to do what they want me to do."
Hot and steamy
As the players walked off the steamy practice field after two hours, they were greeted with the instructions to "hydrate, hydrate, all though the night" by Garrett Giemont, their strength and conditioning coach.
The heat index (how hot it feels, the flip side to wind chill factor) was 115 on the practice field. Trainer John Norwig could not remember the last time it reached that high.
"It reminded me of the University of Florida two-a-days all over again," Starks said. "It's a little warm out here. That's just something you're not used to it up here in the Northeast."
Starks guessed that on average the heat index was 110 during his college training camps and remembers it hitting 120.
Ben Roethlisberger said his family has escaped problems -- other than a bit of water in their basement -- from the severe flooding in his hometown of Findlay, Ohio.
"Luckily, our house is OK, no problems, but they say it's the worst flood that's ever been a Findlay. They had one maybe 10 years ago and I remember how bad that one was, and if it's worse than that, it's got to be pretty bad."
Sports Illustrated, jumping on the Steelers 75th anniversary bandwagon, has published a special edition commemorating the event. The magazine, on sale this week, picks an all-time Steelers roster.
Let the arguments begin:
Offense: QB Terry Bradshaw, T Jon Kolb and Frank Carrichione, G Alan Faneca and Sam Davis, C Mike Webster, RB Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis, WR Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, TE Elbie Nickel.
Defense: E L.C. Greenwood and Dwight White, DT Joe Greene and Ernie Stautner, LB Jack Ham, Jack Lambert and Greg Lloyd, S Donnie Shell and Jack Butler, CB Mel Blount and Rod Woodson.
Specialists: K Gary Anderson, P Bobby Walden, KR Rod Woodson, PR Antwaan Randle El.
Coach: Chuck Noll.
TE Jerame Tuman (back) and rookie DE Derrick Jones (calf) missed practice.