LATROBE (KDKA)- It probably had nothing to do with the brawl that broke out during a joint practice between the Raiders and Cowboys that spilled over into the crowd, but security was high at St. Vincent College.
The Westmoreland County Command Center was set up on the hill behind Chuck Noll Field and then was added Law Enforcement presence, including two police horses.
Mike Tomlin even joked with reporters early in practice, saying “you guys are just here to report the negative; you’re like a bunch of ambulance chasers.”
Turns out there was very little to report, at least in that vein. The only thing close to a fight was LB Chris Carter getting into it with a Buffalo player who remains unidentified because it was broken up so quickly.
“Appreciate the professionalism of both teams and that’s what it’s about,” Tomlin said. “I think we have an obligation to show our professionalism and both teams did a great job at that.”
It was a good day for Clemson WRs. Steelers rookie Martavis Bryant continues to impress in both 1-on-1 and 11-on-11 drills while Bills rookie Sammy Watkins looked like a high first-round pick which, of course, he was, beating an assortment of veteran Pittsburgh CBs with some regularity.
Speaking of Ike Taylor, for the second straight day Taylor broke nicely on a ball over the middle and this time got a hand on it, but batted it directly into the hands of Bills WR Mike Williams.
Thursday’s joint practice is scheduled to start at 5:30 and is the final practice of training camp.
A trio of linebackers didn’t practice today—Jarvis Jones, Vince Williams and 6th rounder Jordan Zumwalt, going Ramon Foster as those absent. A potentially bad leg injury to long-snapper Greg Warren, Tomlin said he was being evaluated. Safety Will Allen and TE/FB Will Johnson each suffered hamstring injuries, believed to be minor.
Bills Coach knows Noll
Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone tried out for the Steelers during the end of Chuck Noll’s career. “I remember walking out, we used to run down the hill for practice with Coach Noll,” Marrone said. “I remember the black jerseys without the numbers on them. We had these black uniforms and it was hot. We used to call them burlap sacks. We used to run with our pads on.” Marrone didn’t make the Steelers roster, but said Noll cared about all on the roster. Marrone also remembered something else. “When we used to leave and go play in Pittsburgh, people would say better get out ahead of Coach Noll because if you pass him on the highway, he’s going to take down your plate and get after you for speeding.”
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