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Steelers 2015 Training Camp: Mike Tomlin Recaps Day 8 Monday Practice

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now put the wraps on their eight training camp practice of 2015 and afterwards head coach Mike Tomlin updated the team injury report as the team heads into an off day.

“Eli Rogers went down with a right foot sprain of some description and Isaiah Lewis wasn’t able to finish with a hamstring,” said Tomlin. “No real updates on any of the guys that have been out. We’ve got an off day tomorrow to get a good assessment of those guys and be ready to go on Wednesday. Hopefully get some of those short-termers back, but really, just get a good assessment of those guys tomorrow.”

Nose tackle Daniel McCullers failed to practice Monday and Tomlin said he’s dealing with a minor hamstring injury and that they plan on getting him evaluated as well. Tomlin said he hopes he isn’t sidelined long as he thinks he’s done some good things early on in training camp.

Tomlin was later asked about the status defensive end Cameron Heyward, who sat out again on Monday.

“Just giving him a day or two like I am a lot of the veteran guys,” said Tomlin. “We’re here an extended amount of time and that’s just one of the benefits of it. You get to give guys like Cam a day off and more importantly, give some extended work to some young guys, and that’s the approach we take. It’s not necessarily about the guy I’m giving the day off, sometimes it’s about the guy I want to see more of.”

Tomlin did say later that linebacker Ryan Shazier (back) worked some on Monday.

Center Maurkice Pouncey was removed from the team’s PUP list on Monday and after practice, Tomlin was asked if he brings some swagger to the offensive line unit.

“If it’s Maurkice Pouncey, certainly,” said Tomlin.

He was then asked how Pouncey goes about doing that.

“Besides the fact that he’s a really good player, he’s a good leader, he’s a good communicator and that’s a significant component of that position,” said Tomlin. “To create clarity just prior to the snap with what he’s able to do above the neck then obviously his skills after the snap are what they are.”

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