Views from Steelers Training Camp: Day 5
August 5, 6:00 PMPittsburgh Steelers Examiner
Wednesday's views from Steelers training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe:
No update on Stapleton
There was speculation around St. Vincent today that starting right guard Darnell Stapleton’s knee injury may be extend well into the season if not the entire year. When asked about his status, Head Coach Mike Tomlin said “I’ll talk (about the injury) when I’m ready to talk”. Stapleton’s swelled knee looked as if it should be hit over a volleyball net yesterday rather than be part of his body. MRI results have yet to come back.
His teammates believe his arms are too short for his body, which earned third-string nose tackle Scott Paxson his nickname of “T-Rex”. Today, Paxson used those same arms to make a nice over the shoulder interception of Charlie Batch on a fake punt attempt. He proceeded to do a dinosaur type dance in the end zone which drew a big reaction from the crowd. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006.
Tackle Capizzi pushing hard to make the team
IUP’s Jason Capizzi has looked pretty good so far in camp and is challenging to make the 53-man roster as a back-up tackle. The 6’9” 330 pounder has spent his three seasons in the league with the Steelers and Vikings but trained against elite defensive end Paul Allen while in Minnesota. He still has some holes and at times gets routinely beaten in drills, but looks better this year than he did the past two.
When will he practice? Ben rests
Reciever Hines Ward watched practice in street clothes for the fourth straight day today. Ward says he wants to practice but Tomlin is still resting him and wants to give the younger guys a look. Ben Roethlisberger also didn’t practice today because of a sore shoulder, although Tomlin said he was going to give him a day of rest anyways. He’s expected to practice tomorrow. Troy Polamalu was also held out again.
He "said it"...
Cornerback Ike Taylor told a contingent of media today that he believed the three fastest players on the team are: “me, (rookie receiver) Mike Wallace, and (safety) Troy Polamalu.” The only guy on the team with a nickname that includes “Fast” Willie Parker, did not make Taylor’s list.