Ed Bouchette from Latrobe ...
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not participate in today's morning workout, the third day in a row he has been limited by a groin injury. Afterward, when asked about the injury, Roethlisberger said, "What injury?" Players, especially key ones such as Roethlisberger, are instructed by Coach Mike Tomlin not to discuss injuries with the media.
WR Hines Ward wore an ice pack on his right knee and also did not practice in the morning. Same with OLB LaMarr Woodley (groin), who has not worked the past three days. …… WR Santonion Holmes was back at practice after being excused for several days to attend a family funeral.
Hampton pounds on
Casey Hampton, a.k.a, the Big Snack, said he doesn't how much weight he has shed because he hasn't been on a scale since being placed on the physically unable to perform list for reporting overweight.
"I don't like scales," Hampton said.
Tomlin is still upset at Hampton, who showed up at St. Vincent College nearly 40 pounds overweight despite being warned by the coach about his size. Tomlin said he hasn't decided when he will allow Hampton to practice. That's no big deal to Hampton, who said he will be ready to play by the season opener.
Former Pro Bowl return man Eddie Drummond, signed last week to improve special teams, did not look the part in the morning. Getting ready to field a punt, Drummond slipped and fell to the ground as the ball ricocheted off his body.
A sleeper at corner
Looking for a camp darkhorse? Try rookie cornerback Roy Lewis, an udrafted free agent from Washington. The coaches thought he was a standout in the goalline drill Sunday afternoon and he broke up passes for Holmes and tight end Heath Miller in today's morning practice. Lewis is 5-foot-10, 190 pounds and is very physical.