LATROBE, Pa. - The Steelers reported to training camp on Thursday, going through the typical first day business of checking into their dorm rooms, talking to the media and of course, participating in the conditioning test.
Steelers' players arrive at training camp.
"I think the overall level of conditioning of the group is really impressive," said Coach Mike Tomlin afterwards.
Two players, though, will open the season on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) including tight end Ladarius Green (ankle) and wide receiver Shakim Philips (sports hernia). Defensive tackle Devaunte Sigler, who was able to finish the conditioning test, but according to Tomlin, "not to our satisfaction," was placed on the non-football injury list.
The hot topic of the day, though, was running back Le'Veon Bell and the potential that he could be suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season because of violation of the league's substance abuse policy and the appeal that he is awaiting.
Tomlin said Bell had an appeal date set for early August, but it might not occur until a few weeks into August.
"I don't have anything of any significance to add to his circumstance or situation," said Tomlin. "He is in the appeal process. Me adding anything to it is not going to help the matter in any way whatsoever. I will let the process play itself out and then make any necessary comments regarding his circumstances and how it might affect us after we get some resolution from that standpoint. Anything I say prior to that is simply speculation and I am not in the speculation business."