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Pittsburgh Steelers Return to the Field for OTAs with Ike Taylor Back at the Facility

June 3rd, 2014 at 11:14 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to the practice field as they continue with their voluntary OTAs. Joining the team on Tuesday was cornerback Ike Taylor and rookie running back Dri Archer, who did not take part in team activities last week.

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For Taylor, who was training on his own in Florida, missing the activities is nothing new. Taylor, one of the elder statesmen of the defense, is looking for a bounce back season after an uneven 2013 campaign.

While Taylor is experienced in the Steelers defensive schemes, the same cannot be said about Archer, who the team is counting on to be an explosive weapon on offense and in the return game. The diminutive back missed all three sessions last week because of an illness followed by a mandatory NFL Players Association event.

This week appears to be much of the same with some of the teams’ most veteran players working on their own instead of taking part in these voluntary activities. Troy Polamalu (who has not taken part at all) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (who practiced last week) are not expected this week. Both Polamalu and Roethlisberger are expected to take part in the Steelers mandatory minicamp in two weeks.

Tight end Matt Spaeth also returned to practice this week, although the same cannot be said for Jason Worilds, who has not practiced since early last week. Starting Wednesday, the team has six more OTA sessions scheduled during the next two weeks leading up to the minicamp.  

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Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Dri Archer, Football, Ike Taylor, Jason Worilds, NFL, OTAs, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Troy Polamalu

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