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Steelers' Tomlin: 'I set the schedule' in camp

| Saturday, July 28, 2012, 7:32 p.m.
Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons beats running Issac Redman during backs on backers drill during practice at St. Vincent College during practice July 28, 2012. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review
Steelers running back Chris Rainey's helmet reflects the practice fields at St. Vincent College during practice July 28, 2012. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review
A pass is intended for Steelers fullback David Johnson during practice at St. Vincent College July 28, 2012. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review
Steelers safety Ryan Clark sports spotted socks during practice at St. Vincent College July 28, 2012. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review
Bretts Beared Beauties, Beth Elder, Bonnie Liska, Dawn Conley , Christine Taylor and Poppy Pritchett pose with the Steelers' Brett Keisel during practice at St. Vincent College July 28, 2012. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review
Steelers fullback David Johnson hits the heavy bag during practice at St. Vincent College during practice July 28, 2012. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review
Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders pulls in a pass during practice at St. Vincent College July 28, 2012. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review
Steelers running back Issac Redman runs drills during practice at St. Vincent College July 28, 2012. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review
Steelers fullback David Johnson and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester face off during the backs on backers drill during practice at St. Vincent College during practice July 28, 2012. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger horses around with safety Ryan Clark before practice at St. Vincent College on July 28, 2012. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review
Mike Tomlin is beginning his sixth season as Steelers head coach. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review

Nose tackle Casey Hampton, recovering from a torn knee ligament, still intends to play in the Sept. 9 opener in Denver. The question is whether his body will allow it. He is on the physically unable to perform list and cannot practice, and there is no definitive return date.

“I just want to get it right and be right when I'm out there,” Hampton said. “I don't want to be out there hobbling, messing around. I want to be out there ready to go.”

Reining in Rainey

Tomlin trotted out some of his preferred drills on the first day contact was permitted. But he pulled 5-foot-9 rookie Chris Rainey from the backs. versus ‘backers drill because cut blocking was not permitted.

“I'm not going to pull my boat with a Ferrari,” Tomlin said. “If he can't cut in that drill, I'm not putting him in the drill, and obviously I don't want him cutting LaMarr Woodley and others.”

Rainey showed off his impressive speed several times.

Tomlin: ‘I set the schedule'

If there was any question who runs Steelers camp, coach Mike Tomlin quickly answered it.

Asked by a visiting reporter if anything has changed now that coordinator Todd Haley is setting up the daily schedule for the offense, Tomlin replied, without hesitation: “Nothing has changed. I set the schedule.”

Extra points

LB Sean Spence (shoulder) was limited in some drills. … TE Heath Miller (ankle) remained out. … Blaine Stewart, the son of the late Bill Stewart, the former West Virginia coach, is one of the camp ball boys. … First-round draft pick David DeCastro practiced at times with the offensive line starters, but second-rounder Mike Adams did not.

Quotable

• “Man, he's a Stanford kid, (so he's) a lot smarter than the Florida guy.” — center Maurkice Pouncey, saying first-rounder DeCastro is ahead of where Pouncey was as a rookie two years ago.

• “We're going to light up the scoreboard.” — guard Willie Colon, on the new Haley offense.

• “You'd see a ball in the air, and he'd be coming down with it against our starting defense. It just seemed like he kept making plays.” — GM Kevin Colbert, on wide receiver Antonio Brown making an impression as a sixth-round pick last season.

• “We can frame his story in that he's a sixth-round pick, or he's had three career starts. The reality is the guy's been electric for us since he's been here.” — Tomlin, on Brown's rapid emergence.

• “Life.” — Tomlin, on what prompted Colon to tussle with linebacker Lawrence Timmons while blocking him upfield.

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