Holmes working with Steelers' first-team offense
WR Santonio Holmes ran with the first-team offense, opposite WR Hines Ward, for the first time in training camp on Tuesday. Holmes has been listed as a first-teamer since the camp-opening depth chart was released, but he has been playing behind WR Cedrick Wilson after not making it onto the field until July 28 due to a non-football related surgical procedure.
Block that kick: The Steelers worked on blocking place kicks a day after honing their place-kick protection, but this time the drill wasn't live. The block team consisted of CB Ike Taylor, DE Aaron Smith, NT Casey Hampton, DE Brett Keisel, LB James Harrison, FS Ryan Clark, CB Deshea Townsend, SS Troy Polamalu, LB Clark Haggans, LB James Farrior and LB Larry Foote.
Backs-on-'backers: The latest installment of the infamous one-one-one, blitz pick-up drill featured four confrontations between Harrison and RB Verron Haynes, the unofficial heavyweight champs of the exercise for their respective units.
Harrison flattened Haynes twice on bull rushes, which are supposed to be out of bounds in the drill since the running backs aren't allowed to cut-block the linebackers.
Haynes stood his ground and stood Harrison up in between being run over.
Harrison eluded Haynes with a swim move on their fourth battle.
Call it what you will: Harrison was asked why he resorted to bull rushes against Haynes, even though he wasn't supposed to in Backs-on-'Backers.
"It's 'I'm Mad Tuesday,' " Harrison said.
So what was he mad about?
"Can't tell you," Harrison said. "I'm not mad anymore. Practice is over."
QB Charlie Batch said the actual theme of the day was "Tell It Like It Is Tuesday."
"Tell Them Why Your Mad Tuesday, I think, is what they called it," head coach Mike Tomlin said.
His players apparently expressed various reasons for that throughout practice, but Tomlin wasn't paying attention.
"I don't mind the chatter, as long as they're working while they're talking," Tomlin said. "It's kind of elevator music to me, I hear it but I don't."
The more you can do: TE Jerame Tuman (back) returned to practice and practiced long-snapping after practice.
Picked off: QB Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted by CB Jovon Johnson during 11-on-11 work. Roethlisberger had been picked off by CB Bryan McFadden in a passing drill on Monday.
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