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Productive day as camp winds down

Posted Aug 14, 2012

The old adage no news is good news was the case at practice on Tuesday, with no new injuries to report.  

“We were able to get some guys back even if they were in a limited capacity,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “Jonathan Dwyer worked partially today. Isaac Redman did as well. The good news is we had no additional injuries in today’s practice.”

Tackle Max Starks was taken off the PUP list, but did not practice with the team on Tuesday.

“He’s going through a process of acclimation,” said Tomlin. “It has nothing to do with his availability. He’s available.

“He was ready to come off. I told you guys last week that I’d look at that after we got done, specifically after the weekend. I gave him a day off. He was ready to come off. We took him off, and we’ll proceed with the process.”

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The Steelers host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night at Heinz Field, but practices this week are still in the training camp mode, where it’s not about game-planning but about development.

“It was a good, productive day,” said Tomlin.  “Again, we worked situational football with some two-minute drills. We’ll continue to do those things. Even though we have a game at the end of this week, we’re singularly focused on Steelers versus Steelers. We believe that’s the best way for us to grow and develop as a team here in the next couple days.

“We’ll stay focused in that area and continue to work exclusively versus ourselves and compete. We like the competition that we’ve been getting.”

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Tight end Justin Peelle signed with the Steelers on Monday, and on Tuesday was getting his first taste of Steelers football, getting acclimated to his new team.

“It was fun,” said Peelle. “I have been sitting on the couch and playing golf. I was working out too. It’s nice to get out here and be a part of something.”

Peelle was originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2002 and has played for the Chargers, Dolphins, Falcons and 49ers.

“I just want to show them I can still play,” said Peelle. “I can still contribute and help this team win. My career has been mainly blocking, but I can do everything. I am not going to catch 100 balls, but I can do some things in the passing and the run game. I need to get out here and get the rust off and get ready to play.”

Peelle, who said he has played fullback sparingly, is excited about his new opportunity with the Steelers.

“At this point in your career you are just looking to play and be a part of something that is going to be successful, which this organization has done for years,” said Peelle. “The opportunity to come here and win was a big draw for me. It’s a fun environment to be around.”

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The Steelers have three open training camp practices remaining – Wednesday, Aug. 15, Thursday, Aug. 16 and Friday, Aug. 17 before they break camp. Practices start at 2:55 p.m.

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