After hosting the Detroit Lions for a few joint practices last year during training camp, the Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to do the same on the road in 2017.
During the annual AFC Coaches Breakfast that took place Tuesday morning ahead of the league meetings, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told the media that his team will not have any training camp scrimmages against the Lions this year, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Because they play the Lions in regular season, Tomlin said Steelers will not reciprocate and have training camp scrimmage in Detroit,
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) March 28, 2017
The Steelers play the Lions on the road during the 2017 regular season and that’s apparently the reason why the two teams have decided not to hold joint practices with each other.
Last year, the Lions were in Latrobe for two practices against the Steelers at Saint Vincent College ahead of the two teams meeting in their respective preseason opener against one another in a game that was played at Heinz Field. The Lions won that preseason game 30-17.
If the Steelers and Lions decide to resume their training camp scrimmages in 2018, one would think they would take place on the road and potentially ahead of an early preseason rematch in Detroit.