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Steelers leave Thursday practice unscathed with new injuries

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the second week of their training camp, and when the pads were donned for the first time Tuesday the physicality was on full display.

This isn’t new for people who follow the Pittsburgh Steelers since Mike Tomlin took over the team in 2007. He has always believed in preparing the team for the physicality of the game of football by having them hitting one another and doing some drills which would be considered “old school”.

Nonetheless, with the physicality can come injuries, and the Steelers haven’t avoided the injury bug altogether this camp. Two players have landed on Injured Reserve, Cory Trice Jr. (knee) and Alfonzo Graham (shoulder), and several others are banged up:

Damontae Kazee (ankle)

DeMarvin Lean (unknown)

The Steelers have dealt with heat-related cramps and illness, have given plenty of veterans days off in camp, and have been without Minkah Fitzpatrick as he deals with a personal situation.

However, the news coming out of practice Thursday might have been the best news to date.

No new injuries.

As the team prepares for their first preseason game on August 11th vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, having a healthy roster will be vital. Of course you don’t want to see any of the big-name players dealing with nagging injuries, but the fact the only real major injuries have been to rookies has been a good thing.

Yes, I just knocked on wood for those who are superstitious.

What’s next for the Steelers? Friday night the Steelers have their annual Friday Night Lights practice which is typically one of the most physical. Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news from practice in the training camp tracker!

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