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Last practice the same as the first

LATROBE, Pa. – It ended the way it began.

After 29 total days on campus that included 18 practices that were open to the public, the Steelers concluded their 50th summer at Saint Vincent College with a pad-less practice – just like the one they held on July 26 to begin these proceedings.

With the team's third of five preseason games scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field, Coach Mike Tomlin granted a bit of a reprieve for some tired legs and sore muscles.

While the final workout was conducted without shoulder pads, with very light contact and no tackling whatsoever, it was more than a session of OTAs. The Steelers went through a number of their regular practice periods, such as short-yardage and goal-line, and they were done at full speed but just without the threat of violence.

On the snap right after a long, perfectly thrown ball from Ben Roethlisberger seemed to go through his hands, Antonio Brown came back to make a catch of a tipped pass along the sideline and turn it into a big gain. Cornerback Kevin Fogg broke on the ball and got his hands on it before it reached Brown, but the ball tipped into the air where Brown snagged it and then spun away from Fogg and down the sideline.


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Several defensive players made plays when the ball was in the air. Inside linebacker Sean Spence broke up a Roethlisberger pass that was intended for Markus Wheaton … Fogg intercepted Bruce Gradkowski during the short-yardage/goal-line period, and then a couple of snaps later, newly acquired inside linebacker L.J. Fort read the route and made a nice catch away from his body for another interception.

"He makes plays on the ball and has a can-do attitude," said Tomlin about Fogg during his news conference that was held before the final on-field session. "I really think he's displayed a consistent mental toughness that you value. We will continue to give him quality looks so he can display his talents."

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