After seeing two starters go down to injury during OTAs, the Pittsburgh Steelers could not afford any more injuries during their three-day minicamp. Fortunately, through two days they have remained injury free. In fact, they have received good news on the injury front during the activities.Ben Roethlisberger was at the facility expressing optimism that he will be ready to hit the ground running on July 26, when the Steelers open training camp in Latrobe. Listening to Roethlisberger, he feels he is ahead of schedule and could have played if this was the regular season. With the season resting on his right arm, it is definitely a good sign that he will be healthy going into the season.
In his absence, Bruce Gradkowski is taking the reps with the starters, including the critical snaps in two-minute and red zone drills. Gradkowski is a veteran, and his rhythmic passing skill set should fit in well with Todd Haley’s offensive schemes.
The team also got a surprise on Wednesday when Mike Adams joined the team at the end of practice. The projected starting tackle made his first trip to team facilities since being released from the hospital after suffering two stab wounds in a failed carjacking attempt.
While he did not meet with the media, like Roethlisberger, his recovery seems to be going well. According to head coach Mike Tomlin, Adams had a successful trip to the doctor prior to his appearance at minicamp. There is no definitive timetable for his return, although it has been reported that is all goes as planned, he will be able to open training camp with the rest of the Steelers in July.
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