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Williams: 'We enjoy hitting'

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Linebacker Vince Williams likes the intensity of training camp.

LATROBE, Pa. – Friday night there were fireworks. On Saturday things were quiet at Saint Vincent College.

The Steelers practice under the lights at Latrobe Memorial Stadium included the first real fight of training camp, pitting linebacker Vince Williams against running back Le’Veon Bell, aided by fellow back LeGarrette Blount. But the following morning, everything was calm.

“Me and Le’Veon are cool,” said Williams. “We are just competitors going after it. Things like that are going to happen. It’s not that we don’t like each other, it’s just when you get into a heated drill like that he wants to win and I want to win and things like that are going to happen.”

The fight broke out during the team’s backs-on-backers drill, and while it was a short-lived fight it had everyone talking about the intensity of camp.

“It’s a lot of young guys out here,” said Williams. “Everybody is trying to feel their way around and find their space. When you have that you have a lot more intensity.

“I am pretty sure it’s going to be physical by nature because of how we are and the culture around here. We enjoy hitting, we enjoy banging. That is the culture the Steelers bring. That is what every player wants to bring to camp.”

Williams said he wasn’t sure when they will be doing the much-anticipated goal line drill in camp, but he expects it will be something to see.

“You guys should stick around and see for yourselves,” Williams told the media surrounding him. “I am sure it’s going to be pretty intense.”


Wide receiver Justin Brown expects to practice on Saturday after breaking his nose during a collision with safety Shamarko Thomas in practice this week.

“My helmet came down and I just broke it,” said Brown. “It happens. It’s part of football.”

Brown went through a full practice after breaking the nose, but afterwards learned what happened and had to undergo surgery and will wear a visor to protect it.

“I didn’t notice it was broken until after practice. It wasn’t the pain. I was walking and people told me my nose was crooked.”

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