Sunday was an in-season Wednesday for the Steelers and that not only meant the team practiced, but a lot of business was going on as the 2015 season is officially under way.
In case you missed anything, here is a rundown of the day's news, and there was plenty of it.
Getting in line: Center Maurkice Pouncey was placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return List on Sunday, a list which allows him to return after eight games. In an associated move, the team signed back Doug Legursky, who signed with the Steelers on Aug. 25, was released on Saturday with the final roster cuts, knowing that he would be back.
**"Any time something like this happens everybody kind of takes a gasp, family and stuff," said Legursky. "For us in the building we understood what it was. I knew I wanted to be back here in Pittsburgh and play for the team that gave me my first home here. It was a good feeling to come back and be able to do what I can for the team. If that's going on the street for 24 hours then so be it."
New additions: The final 53-man roster is never quite that. And it barely even lasted 24 hours. The Steelers added running back Jordan Todman on Sunday after he was released by the Carolina Panthers. To make room for him on the roster the team released cornerback Doran Grant. The Steelers have also claimed defensive end Caushaud Lyons from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To make room on the roster, the Steelers waived linebacker Anthony Chickillo.
Coach Mike Tomlin weighed in after practice on the new additions and if they will be able to make an impact on Thursday night.
"We will see. That's what this work is about," said Tomlin. "We are trying to put together a collection of men that gives us the very best chance to do what we are trying to do. But some of that stuff is going to be revealed along the way, whether or not they are going to be a help to us this week."
He also addressed letting go of two of the team's 2015 draft picks in Grant and Chickillo.
"It's in line with what I said earlier," said Tomlin. "We are trying to find the best combination that's going to help us win this week."
Practice makes perfect: The Steelers signed 10 players to their practice squad on Sunday, including bringing back some familiar faces. Making the list were RB Dominique Brown, DB Jordan Dangerfield, OL Reese Dismukes and Antonio Johnson, LBs L.J. Fort and Shayon Green, DE Ethan Hemer, WRs Shakim Phillips and Jarrod West, and TE Harold Spears.
For Phillips, who was released on Saturday, coming back is special.
The Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for the first regular season game against the New England Patriots.
**"This is all new to me," said Phillips. "I am a rookie free agent so I am just learning all of this. It's tough to get the news, but you have to keep rolling with it and go with the punches.
"It's a great feeling to be back. I am excited. Just learning from the guys, seeing their work ethic. Guys like Antonio Brown. I am happy."
Quick start: Cornerback Ross Cockrell, signed on Saturday after being released by the Buffalo Bills a week ago, took part in his first practice and admitted his head was spinning a little bit when he arrived.
"You are a little bit behind so you just have to play catch up as fast as you can," said Cockrell. "I have to study…I have to study a lot."
Cockrell said he already likes the approach the Steelers organization takes, and the atmosphere in the locker room.
"This is a great program, great team," said Cockrell. "It's family here so I am enjoying it. Everyone has welcomed me here. It helps. They made me feel welcome, comfortable in the room and ready to get to work."
Captain of the ship: The Steelers named their captains for the 2015 season, and they are Ben Roethlisberger (offense), Cam Heyward and Will Gay (defense), and Rob Golden (special teams).