Steelers, Lions to hold joint practices

The Steelers open the 2016 preseason against the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field on Friday, Aug. 12, and the teams will have a chance to become familiar with each other well before kickoff.

The Steelers and Lions will hold joint training camp practices on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

Joint practices have gained popularity in the NFL over the last five years, an opportunity for teams who have already been in a camp for a few weeks to break the monotony and gain valuable practice time.

This will mark the second time the Steelers have held a joint practice under Coach Mike Tomlin. The Steelers held two joint practices against the Buffalo Bills at Saint Vincent College in 2014.

In the late 80s under Coach Chuck Noll, and during Coach Bill Cowher's early years, the Steelers and Washington Redskins held joint practices, but that ended when the Redskins moved their training camp to their practice facility at Redskins Park.

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