With QB Ben Roethlisberger facing a suspension, Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com points out that there’s even greater urgency to recommit to the running game.
In this regard, C Justin Hartwig was blunt: “I don’t really feel like the commitment to running the ball was there.
Hopefully, we get a little more balance.”
NT Casey Hampton is taking his job seriously: ‘It’s just that time. I am getting older. I have to take better care of my body and
be ready for the season. It’s that hunger of wanting to get back to the
playoffs and get back to where we need to be.” (But how did he distinguish it from his usual hunger for, you know, cupcakes?)
CB Bryant McFadden worked out a deal with Keenan Lewis, who had claimed No. 20 during McFadden’s one-year absence.
For now, the starting quarterback is Byron Leftwich.
Ward injured a hamstring during the first Friday practice; he and S Troy Polamalu were held out of the afternoon session.