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Steelers

Not all veterans take day off

Jerry DiPaola
| Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004

Steelers coach Bill Cowher gave selected veterans the afternoon off Wednesday, but it looked like someone forgot to tell cornerback Chad Scott.

On one of the warmest days of training camp, Scott continued working after practice, running up and down the steep hill adjacent to the practice field five times and, then, hopping the fence from a standing start when he finished.

"I'm just trying to do my job, Scott said. "I don't have nothing to do with (days off)."

Among others working on Veterans Day Off were linebacker James Farrior, nose tackle Casey Hampton, guard Alan Faneca and defensive end Aaron Smith.

"I'm just a foot soldier," Smith said. "When they tell me to go to work, I go to work."

It actually wasn't a day off because everyone worked in the morning session.

Those sitting out later were center Jeff Hartings, safety Mike Logan, tight end Jay Riemersma, wide receiver Hines Ward, running backs Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley, defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen and outside linebacker Joey Porter.

Asked how the rested veterans were chosen, Ward said, "I have no idea, but I was glad I was one of them, trust me."

At one point, Cowher might have wished he had extended the courtesy to guard Kendall Simmons, who suffered a mild right knee sprain early in practice.

"To see one of the key guys go down, a lot of guys were really scared about that, Ward said.

Cowher said he was informed by trainer John Norwig that Simmons might be able to return to practice today.

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