LATROBE, Pa. - It wasn't quite Bruce Springsteen returning to Asbury Park, N.J., but Bruce Gradkowski on the practice fields at St. Vincent College was still a welcomed sight for the Steelers.
And an anticipated one.
"Bruce had been working quite a bit at the end of last week," head coach Mike Tomlin said. "Probably the reason we didn't bring him back last week (was) it was a short week.
"No surprise that he's back out but obviously good to have him out," on the field and working.
Gradkowski had opened training camp as one of five players on the P.U.P. list (right shoulder).
Cornerback Senquez Golson (shoulder) and offensive tackle Mike Adams (back) remain on P.U.P.
Center Maurkice Pouncey (right foot) beat Gradkowski back to the field from P.U.P.
Linebacker Shawn Lemon (Achilles) is no longer with the team.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have entered the home stretch of 2015 Training Camp at Saint Vincent College.
Gradkowski's first day back included a couple of snaps with the first-team offense in Team Run, a couple of throws in 7-on-7 and a couple 11-on-11 snaps in the last period of the afternoon.
Quarterback Landry Jones attempted a combined 78 passes and completed 40 in the first two preseason games in Gradkowski's absence.
"It's been steady progress but obviously he's not a finished product by any means," Tomlin assessed of Jones. "I like the general attitude and enthusiasm that he brings to the work.
"He's gotten significant extra work because of what's been going on with Bruce and it's safe to say (Jones) has taken advantage of that."