Tomlin sends Steelers home for summer

The SportsXchange

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin canceled the final day of minicamp practice Thursday, huddling players for brief meetings before setting out on a six-week break before the start of training camp.

"As I sit here today I feel good about the foundation we've laid for 2013," Tomlin said. "I like the efforts of the guys, the messages have been received. We're just in a good place, but that doesn't assure us anything. We understand what we do moving forward is what's really significant."

There is no concern internally that the team won't have Ben Roethlisberger when camp opens at Saint Vincent College July 26, Tomlin said. The 31-year-old quarterback is recovering from minor knee surgery on schedule.

Tomlin said the 90-man training camp roster is set unless they are surprised by a player that could be available unexpectedly.

"I think more than anything we want to get the group that we have right now in a training camp setting and see what their capabilities are," Tomlin said. "Obviously, we're going to do our due diligence in terms of looking at the free agent market like we always do."

Roethlisberger and offensive tackle Mike Adams watched the Steelers final minicamp from the sideline on Wednesday. Roethlisberger had a scope on his right knee to remove cartilage.

Adams was stabbed in the stomach in a robbery attempt, and required surgery, when three men attacked him and tried to flee in his truck June 1. Adams could miss time early in training camp pending his recovery over the next four to six weeks.
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