LATROBE, Pa. - Safety
Mitchell, who didn’t go into detail about the injury that Coach Mike Tomlin said could keep him out about a week, said it happened over the summer and he is just taking it day-to-day as he waits to return to practice.
“I have a lot of high expectations,” said “Football is what I love to do and to have it taken away from me for the time being is definitely frustrating. I have to figure out the lesson God wants me to learn from this. It’s making me even hungrier.
“There’s still plenty of ways for me to get better. I can sharpen myself in the film room; take every single mental rep which I wouldn’t do if I was practicing. Now I pay attention on every rep. There are a lot of other things I can do for my body. It’s a little bit of a setback, but it will make my comeback that much better.”
Mitchell spent the first day of practice standing with defensive backs coach Carnell Lake, listening to the pointers he was giving players, and taking mental notes of the good and the bad that was unfolding while helping some of his younger teammates.
“That is just how I am, whether I am practicing or not I am trying to help younger guys out,” said Mitchell. “It’s good for me because I am standing back there with Coach Lake and we’ll go over each play and I can see what the other guys are doing. I teach myself based on what they are doing. If he corrects them it’s like he is correcting me at the same time because I literally just saw what the other guy did.
Mitchell has only had a short time to work with strong safety
“He is a professional,” said Mitchell of Polamalu. “I know the playbook very, very, very well. We just have to get out there and practice. When I am back we’ll be fine. We talk a lot. We talk every day in meetings. When you have one of the best safeties in the league to play with, your job isn’t that hard.”