First camp fight as Steelers deal with injuries at center

Veteran Cam Heyward involved as team finished day 3 of camp
JC Hassenauer
Photo credit Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – An interesting day for the offensive line with a few players out and rookie tackle Dan Moore, Junior getting involved in a couple of in-play fights/skirmishes. One of those involved defensive captain Cam Heyward.

“I’m not interested in coaching that to be honest with you,” said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.  “We work our tails off to compete but keep it professional.  We acknowledge sometimes tempers are going to flare and those things are going to happen.”

“We are not wasting one iota of our time coaching it.  We are putting together a rough-and-tumble football group, not a MMA squad.  We are not coaching it.”

Center of Injuries

Steelers third round pick, center Kendrick Green missed practice on Saturday as he had a personal matter to attend to according to Tomlin.  Then center JC Hassenauer left with an undisclosed injury as did BJ Finney.  Both players are in the early stages of evaluation with no update to their status.

Second year free agent tackle John Leglue (6’7”, 310 pounds) worked at center as did Anthony Coyle (6’3”, 298 pounds), also a second year free agent tackle.

“We always have little projects going on the side,” Tomlin said of those situations.  “We got guys prepared to play.  If you are not working four, five snappers, you are less than professional.”

“It created some challenges for those who remained.  That’s the nature of this thing, it exemplifies the battles and the challenges that the season provides us.  I thought the offensive line largely did a nice job of adjusting and allowing us to finish the work.”

Getting sharper

“Good competition (Saturday),” Tomlin said.  “It looked like less errors on both sides of the ball.  That is reasonable to expect.  We are not doing a lot of different things.  This is the third day in a row of some of the things we have done.  You expect execution to improve over the course of that and it was today.”

“We will roll the ball out tomorrow and see what that day holds.”