Players did not wear pads and the practice focused mostly on installation. This was the 12th practice, and the Steelers have avoided heavy rains for much of the first 11.
Several Steelers who were battling soft-tissue injuries participated, including cornerback Artie Burns, outside linebacker Bud Dupree and wide receiver Markus Wheaton. Tomlin is hoping to increase their work in the coming days.
The Steelers host the Eagles on Thursday night.
In other injury news, rookie offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins re-aggravated a shoulder injury in Friday’s preseason opener against Detroit. The Steelers say they are waiting for an update. This one could be serious. Hawkins wasn’t going to start, but he’s held his own in training camp. The fourth-rounder looks the part of an NFL left tackle.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Second-year running back Karlos Williams passed his physical and practiced Monday for the first time since reporting overweight to Buffalo Bills minicamp in June.
Williams spent the first two weeks of training camp on the active/non-football illness list. He is eligible to participate in the remaining three preseason games but is suspended for the first four games of the regular season after violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
“Right now we feel good about where he’s at, and he’s able to do some good things without those [soft] tissue issues,” coach Rex Ryan said Monday. “He’s worked hard and we’ll see what happens.”
A fifth-round rookie, Williams averaged 5.6 yards per carry last season and scored nine touchdowns. He did not participate in organized team activities and arrived at mandatory minicamp in less-than-ideal physical condition.
“At the end of the day, no one will ask you anything else except if you won [gold],” Krzyzewski said. “While you’re approaching that winning the whole thing, you’re asked a whole bunch of other things.
“I think we’re getting getting better offensively and we have to get better defensively. Just a succinct comment in that regard.”
Translation: Coach K essentially just confirmed that this tournament has already been too tough to worry one whit about style points.