Steelers hit field in full pads before opener
The Steelers will work out in full pads Thursday before leaving for Landover, Md., to face the Washington Redskins in their preseason opener Friday night.
A number of players are expected to sit out practice.
Cornerback Bryant McFadden, slowed by a hamstring injury, will not play. He'll be joined on the sideline by cornerback Cortez Allen (hamstring), wide receivers Adam Mims (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (foot), guard Chris Kemoeatu (knee), linebacker Mario Harvey (left leg) and tight end Eugene Bright.
Wide receiver Hines Ward, who recently came off the physically unable to perform list, may or may not play against the Redskins, according to coach Mike Tomlin.
» Antonio Brown is in the habit of sticking around after practice to work on his routes and conditioning. The second-year wide receiver has a significant impact on his team's attitude about practice.
"I want to be highly conditioned," Brown said. "A whole bunch of guys are joining me after practice. It's hard to leave when your teammates are putting it on the line. I think there are some people who look up to me."
» Emmanuel Sanders said the emphasis will again be on the run game, but he's hoping offensive coordinator Bruce Arians airs it out more this season, especially with the long ball. The Steelers used more multiple-receiver sets late in the regular season last year. It was relatively successful, prompting Sanders to predict QB Ben Roethlisberger used the passing game to pressure defenses more.
Inside the ropes
» Wide receiver Mike Wallace sat out his second consecutive day of practice Wednesday with a sore groin, but said he will be in the lineup for Friday's preseason game against Washington.
"I'll be back to practice (Thursday)," Wallace said. "I will be playing on Friday. You can count on that."
Wallace rarely sits out of practice, but has been hampered by a sore groin for the past couple of days. Wallace said that he wanted to practice Wednesday but was told to sit out one more day.
Not practicing along with Wallace were TE Eugene Bright, OL Chris Kemoeatu, WR Limas Sweed, WR Emmanuel Sanders, CB Curtis Brown and LB Mario Harvey. CB Bryant McFadden was limited, and LB Jason Worilds left early with a sore hamstring.
» The Steelers will conduct a full-pad practice Thursday morning for veterans, who aren't expected to play much Friday against the Redskins. Typically, the day before games, the Steelers hold a light walk-through. The session is closed to the public, and the campus is closed to media Thursday through Sunday.
» Swayze Waters displayed his strong leg when his kickoff sailed 8 yards deep into the end zone during the special teams portion of practice.
» The Steelers rotated Ramon Foster and Chris Scott into the starting right guard spot throughout the team portion of practice. They were joined by RT Willie Colon, C Maurkice Pouncey, LG Doug Legursky and LT Jonathan Scott.
Name: Chris Scott
Position: offensive lineman
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 319 pounds
College: Tennessee, second year
Competition: Despite sitting out his rookie season a year ago with a foot injury, Scott is in a battle with Ramon Foster and Doug Legursky for the starting right guard position. Scott also is in the running for a backup tackle spot.
Camp moment: Scott has enjoyed a solid all-around camp first at tackle and more recently at right guard. He has shown enough to the coaching staff with his size and strength to have him run with the first team for nearly every practice during training camp, whether it was at tackle or guard.
Quotable: "I really haven't done anything yet. I missed camp last year, so actually being on the field this year, I am kind of looking to building a name for myself." — Chris Scott