Ward says he is healthy
Posted August 4, 2009 8 :46 PM
Here are some notes from the fifth day of training camp ...
· Hines Ward did a little running with Santonio Holmes after the afternoon practice Tuesday and that was about the extent of his workout.
Ward did not practice again today, and for those keeping score at home, he has taken part in just one practice since training camp started.
Coach Mike Tomlin and Ward said nothing is physically wrong with the veteran wide receiver. But even Ward admitted, "Yeah it looks kind of strange me not being out there."
Actually, it makes all the sense in the world.
Ward doesn't need much work in training camp at this point of his career, and his absence provides more repetitions in practice for the players that are battling for spots behind him and Holmes.
Ward, who has been helping coach the wide receivers, said he doesn't know when Tomlin will have him start practicing again but indicated that it could be as early as Wednesday.
· His ability to make the kind of exaggerated cuts you see in video games earned Stefan Logan the nickname "Joystick" last season while he was tearing it up in the CFL.
It drew "oohs" and "aahs" from fans today at St. Vincent College as Logan showcased the kind of burst and shiftiness that may allow him to play his way onto the Steelers as a kickoff returner/receiver/running back.
"It's no secret that we were looking for some guys that had some return capabilities," Tomlin said. "He fits that bill but he's also shown us some other skills and really shown some surprising savvy as a receiver."
Logan is just 5-foot-6 and 180 pounds but he is already showing the kind of toughness he needs if he wants to stick with the Steelers. Put on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list last Friday because of a mid-foot sprain, Foster started practicing Monday.
"I'm going to get out here and run hard and try not to show the coaches that I'm hurt," said Logan, who hurt his foot when a weight fell on it while he was working out. "It's all about being physical and mentally tough and that's what I'm all about."
· So much for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger needing to get his throwing arm in shape. He looked terrific throwing the deep ball in practice Tuesday afternoon and connected with Holmes on an 85-yard touchdown pass.
"He was throwing darts out there," Ward said.
No. 3 quarterback Dennis Dixon looked much better after a couple of shaky practices. He showed nice touch and accuracy on several passes while running the two-minute drill.
· One of the quotes of camp belongs to the always quotable Ryan Clark.
The colorful free safety was asked about the T-shirt Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs wore last week that said on the back, "You Beat Your Sweet (rhymes with sass) I Hate The Steelers."
Clark said the Steelers didn't want to get drawn into any back and forth sniping. But, he added, "They can wear their shirts. I guess while they wear their shirts, I'll wear my ring and we'll see which ones look nicer."