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NKySteeler
05-25-2008, 12:09 AM
Steelers' Ward returns to practice
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward returned to action Tuesday following offseason knee surgery. Ward participated in his first official workout during the team's second OTA (organized team activity), taking the field for a scheduled number of reps, coach Mike Tomlin said.

"We're cautious about the number of reps. We rep counted him a little bit,'' Tomlin said.

Defensive end Aaron Smith, who underwent biceps surgery, isn't "fully recovered,'' according to Tomlin. "He's hitting the sled, participating in individual (drills).'' ... Starting running back Willie Parker, recovering from a broken leg suffered last season, took some reps yesterday ... Rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall still hasn't recovered from a hamstring injury he suffered during the team's mandatory minicamp earlier this month. "I feel good. We're taking it day-by-day,'' said Mendenhall, the Steelers' first-round draft pick. "We want to make sure everything's OK.'' ... Guard Chris Kemoeatu was sidelined with a hamstring injury ... Tackle Marvel Smith was excused for personal reasons.

Rookie linebacker Bruce Davis will miss the rest of the OTA's because of an agreement between the NFL and NCAA that limits a player to one minicamp with a pro team while his school is still in session. Davis, a third-round draft pick from UCLA, will miss all of the offseason workouts except for the minicamp. Final exams end at UCLA June 13. The Steelers' final OTA session is June 12.

The other Steelers rookie affected by the rule is free agent cornerback Roy Lewis of Washington. Final exams at Washington also end June 13.

Shawn
05-25-2008, 04:44 AM
Aaron Smith not being 100% is extremely concerning. We have zero depth on the line. We have seen what this D is without him. If Smith can't stay healthy...Ben will need to put up 30 points/game.

papillon
05-25-2008, 08:31 AM
They need to leave Smith out of practices until he's ready to go. He's a veteran and knows how to prepare for a season. He understands the schemes and responsibilities. Keep on the sidelines until training camp (longer if necessary)

Pappy

stlrz d
05-25-2008, 10:48 AM
What's with these schools having final exams in June? :?:

Les 74
05-25-2008, 04:34 PM
Aaron Smith not being 100% is extremely concerning. We have zero depth on the line. We have seen what this D is without him. If Smith can't stay healthy...Ben will need to put up 30 points/game.

With this offense,that is very much a possibility.

BigLebowski
05-25-2008, 09:18 PM
Aaron Smith not being 100% is extremely concerning. We have zero depth on the line. We have seen what this D is without him. If Smith can't stay healthy...Ben will need to put up 30 points/game.

With this offense,that is very much a possibility.

Agreed, but I would prefer to want to put up 30 to win, rather than NEED to in order to win.

But Aaron Smith is probably the 2nd most important Steeler, behind Ben. Seriously.

I am concerned about his health, but then again it is only June. If we are still talking about it in August, then I will start to worry big time.