LATROBE (93-7 The FAN) – Steelers back-up quarterback Bruce Gradkowski threw on the side for the first time since he suffered a shoulder injury during team off-season workouts.

“It’s a long training camp,” Gradkowski said. “It’s a long preseason. So there is plenty of time to get ready and I’m confident I will, I’ve been feeling great.”

Gradkowski is entering his 10th pro football camp, third with the Steelers, and says he feels better, but is not sure when he will get off of the PUP (physically unable to perform) list.

“It’s good to be out here with the teammates and keep preparing,” Gradkowski said. “You can’t practice enough with all of the communication going on, it’s that vital because we are getting closer and closer to the start of the season.”

Competition

Third-year quarterback Landry Jones is likely to get a lot of the reps during Sunday’s pre-season opener in Canton, Ohio. While potentially in a battle for his roster spot with Jones, Gradkowski was complementary.

“Landry’s been doing a good job. He’s growing. It’s his third year, and he’s feeling more and more comfortable, and it’s time to show it on game-day. I think he will do a good job.”

Bruce On The Bus

The 32-year-old Gradkowski grew up in Dormont and said of former Steelers great Jerome Bettis going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday.

“I mean The Bus, he’s the man,” Gradkowski said. “He had a great career here in Pittsburgh and it’s great he’s going to be honored the right way. He was an awesome running back, powerful and sweet feet.”

Those were my years growing up, I remember him like it was yesterday. The impact he made on the Pittsburgh area especially as kids growing up, we always looked up to him. He’s a great role model around this area,” he added.

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