That's Wednesday's list of missing at OTA session #7 for the Steelers at their South Side facility.
James Harrison did return after missing yesterday's workout, and James did so in time to see Defensive Coordinator Dick Lebeau sport his #92 jersey during practice. Beginning last week, Lebeau has worn Steelers jerseys bearing the numbers 44 (Lebeau's old number during his playing day), 91 (Aaron Smith), 51 (James Farrior), 98 (Casey Hampton), and now 92. I asked Dick today if he's running out of old-timer jerseys and he said, "Nope I've got plenty left." One theory is that Lebeau may be honoring current Steelers players who helped put him in the Hall of Fame (although technically Dick is heading to Canton as reward for his years as a player, not a coach).
Hines Ward and Justin Hartwig were both here but not practicing, Hartwig still taking it easy on his shoulder by just performing during individual drills, Ward acting as a WR coach to the younger guys.
Center Doug Legursky didn't practice today, and it appears he has a lower back injury (severity unknown). Legursky had been running first-team with Hartwig on the shelf, so today Kraig Urbik manned snaps with the "1's" while rookie first round draft pick Maurkice Pouncey took center reps with the "2's" and "3's."
Pouncey had a scare early in practice as Trai Essex stepped on his left big toe while Pouncey was efforting to pull to his right (Essex was playing left guard in a two man drill). Pouncey went down in a heap and was attended to by the medical staff. It appears trainer Ariko Iso popped Maurkice's toe back into place, and Pouncey returned to finish the drill as well as the rest of the day's work.
The 2nd team offensive line left to right today was LT Jonathan Scott, LG Chris Kemoeatu, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG Ramon Foster, and RT Tony Hills.
Will Allen (SS) and Ziggy Hood (DE) filled in with the first team defense in the absence of Polamalu and Smith today, with Andre Frazier (OLB) filling in for James Harrison yesterday.
The rookie receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown have looked impressive this week. Both are running with the second team offense, as well as returning kicks.
I spoke with Brown after practice today (he was the last one off the field), and he is a very confident guy. Antonio said he "hasn't met his match yet" among Steelers DBs in practice. He looks to be a real intense player, and one who is determined to make this football team.
Sanders, who figures to have the edge on Brown given his 3rd round draft pick status, made a diving catch over the middle today during 11-on-11.
Sanders looks Randle-El quick, while Brown looks more Wallace fast. It could be a real battle between Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown to make the 53-man roster coming up in August.
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