Mike Tomlin: ‘A couple guys went down in practice’

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday that wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and tight end Eric Waters went down in practice at Saint Vincent College.

A couple guys went down in practice (and) are being evaluated,” said Tomlin. “Heyward-Bey went down in a drill against the defensive backs. I didn’t see it. I don’t know what the nature of his deal is. We’ll see.

“Waters has got a lower back (injury) of some description. We’ll have those guys evaluated and see if they can come out and get back out tomorrow. We had a couple guys in limited participation that (are) working themselves back into the mix, that being Le’Veon Bell and C.J. (Goodwin). So we’ll continue to do more of this. It’s been a good process thus far.”

Tomlin also said running back LeGarrette Blount, as well as tight ends Matt Spaeth and Michael Palmer, were given the day off as a “maintenance” day.

“We have a lot of young backs,” said Tomlin. “We want to give those guys the opportunities. They are taking advantage of it. I like some of the things we’ve seen thus far. LeGarrette will be back out soon.”

Despite the injuries, Tomlin was satisfied with the energy his players showed at camp today.

“It was another good day’s work, very similar to the work that we did yesterday and probably very similar to the work that we’re going to do tomorrow,” said Tomlin. “We’re finding our rhythm in this thing and trying to develop consistency with our techniques and so forth, which are appropriate, but I like the energy and enthusiasm. Guys are competing. We’ll continue to put them in those situations to show what they are and get better through the process.”

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