Not only did the Pittsburgh Steelers get running backs Le\’Veon Bell and LaRod Stephens-Howling back on the practice field Wednesday, but safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker Jason Worilds also returned to action as well.
Polamalu, who Bob Labriola said looked good at the end of Wednesday\’s practice, had been sidelined for a few days prior to the day off Tuesday with what head coach Mike Tomlin called a contused birth certificate.
In a recent interview, Polamalu said he has to pace himself this year in training camp in an effort to make sure he starts the regular season healthy. He also added that he feels “great” right now, so you can expect Tomlin will want to keep it that way for the remainder of training camp. In other words, Polamalu\’s birth certificate is likely to be contused a few more times prior to the team leaving Latrobe.
As far as Worilds goes, he and his great toe are back on the field again working and Tomlin addressed his situation at the conclusion of practice.
“He\’s fine medically speaking,” said Tomlin. “I\’m sure he\’s less than ideal. It\’s just that time of year and let\’s face it, during the course of a football season, often times you\’re less than ideal. He\’s out here working to get better and it\’s good to have him back out.”
Unfortunately for Worilds, he has been less than ideal going on four years now. You know he sees all the good press rookie Jarvis Jones has been receiving since the team started practicing at Saint Vincent College, so perhaps that made his great toe feel a little bit greater on Wednesday.
While Tomlin has yet to address which players will sit out the preseason opener Saturday night against the New York Giants, Worilds very well could be one of them if he is less than ideal for the remainder of the week. Should that wind up happening, it will be an ideal situation for Jones to perhaps cozy right up next the former second-round draft pick on the Steelers depth chart.