On the eve before their last training camp practice of the year 2021, the Pittsburgh Steelers held their 19th camp session on Heinz field this afternoon. This day prominently featured the first-team offense, as the Steelers prepare for their third preseason game on Saturday against the Detroit Lions.
Today's training camp storylines - a taste of the first-team offense, good signs for the first-team offensive line, and an injury scare to a key player.
So, Steelers fans, let's go!
Injury Report -
Offensive lineman Kendrick Green
Running back Kalen Ballage
Running back Benny Snell Jr.
Receiver James Washington
Linebacker/Safety Marcus Allen
Defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr.
Linebacker TJ Watt
Defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt
Chase Claypool's Injury Incident
Towards the end of practice, second-year receiver Chase Claypool sustained a lower-body injury that was serious enough to require the assistance of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and tight end Eric Ebron to walk off the field. Based on several reports, Claypool was unable to put any weight on the injury, which could mean the injury is one that is serious in nature. Head coach Mike Tomlin announced that he was being evaluated by medical staff.
Injury Update -
Solid Day For The First-Team Offensive line
With each practice, the offensive line continues to build their strength. On the first play in the team session, the first-team offensive line started off strong, as they created a gap big enough for rookie running back Najee Harris to gain 15 yards. Later in the session, Steelers analyst Nick Farabaugh described how the first-team offensive line dominated the trenches against the first-team defense.
Preview Of Big Ben And The Offense
Today's practice session prominently featured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with the offense, and by all accounts, they did not disappoint. Early in the session, Roethlisberger accounted for a completion to receiver Diontae Johnson, while chased out by defensive lineman Cameron Heyward. Much later, he found Johnson again with the defensive backs positioned in cover 2. The highlight of Roethlisberger's performance came on a deep pass to receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, who got behind cornerback Justin Layne and rookie defensive back Tre Norwood. From what was seen on this day, Roethlisberger is seemingly in regular-season form.