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Steelers notebook: Mitchell apologizes for taunting penalty vs. Bills

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By Alan Robinson
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, 7:18 p.m.

Mike Mitchell apologized to his teammates for drawing a “bonehead, selfish” 15-yard penalty for taunting Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, one that visibly angered coach Mike Tomlin.

Mitchell promised it won't happen again.

“I can't hurt my teammates like that,” he said Monday. “I showed some immaturity and lost my cool a bit.”

Mitchell blamed a carryover from the two midweek practices against Buffalo.

• The Steelers waived former Pittsburgh Power receiver James Shaw and offensive lineman Bryant Browning (injured) and added former Gateway cornerback Dayonne Nunley and former Illinois offensive lineman Graham Pocic. Nunley was a three-time all-MAC defensive back at Miami (Ohio) who attended the rookie minicamp in May as an invited player. He was later signed by the San Diego Chargers. Pocic was cut last week by the Chicago Bears.

• Rookie tight end Eric Waters is being evaluated for a possible concussion, Tomlin said. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert (stiff neck) missed part of the two-hour practice Monday.

• Inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons cautions that first-round pick Ryan Shazier “still has a long way to go” despite Shazier's nine-tackle performance against Buffalo. “Having guys like Joey Porter and coach (Keith Butler) motivating Shazier is really helping him improve a whole lot,” Timmons said. “He's looking good out there.”

• Rookie punter Brad Wing averaged 44.5 yards on six punts against Buffalo, but one was a line drive, and his hang time was a bit below what special teams coach Danny Smith is seeking.

Dri Archer said the Bills paid him a lot more attention than the New York Giants did the week before, yet he added another 40-yard pass reception to his preseason resume. “I've noticed out there, they started (defending) me more,” Archer said. “When they cancel somebody out, they leave somebody open.”

Troy Polamalu didn't miss a defensive snap last season, yet he said he's further along now than he was a year ago during the preseason. Having a few days and one preseason game off apparently helped. “Coach Tomlin's done a great job of taking care of me during this camp,” he said.

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