Steelers notebook: Rookie linebacker Matakevich keeping level head
• Linebacker Tyler Matakevich had a special practice Friday night at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium. Matakevich, a seventh-round pick, was 7 for 7 during the back-on-‘backers drill, much to the liking of coach Mike Tomlin. Matakevich, whom Tomlin nicknamed “Dirty Red,” doesn’t want to get overly excited about his play yet. “It was a good day, but today is a new day. I am just trying to focus on getting better,” he said. Matakevich, an All-American, is Temple’s all-time leading tackler with 493. He was the only FBS player to lead his team in tackles in every game last season.
• Brett Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday after a 20-year career highlighted by 297 consecutive games played. The streak ended in 2010 because of a shoulder injury caused by then-Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats. Moats was a rookie and said it is one of his career highlights. ”It was definitely cool,” he said. “He’s a Hall of Famer. There is nothing wrong with your name being next to a Hall of Famer.”
• Sitting out of Saturday’s practice were linebackers James Harrison, Bud Dupree and Travis Feeney; guard Ramon Foster; receiver Markus Wheaton; and cornerback Donald Washington. It was Harrison’s first full missed practice of training camp. “Did James have a day off today?” Tomlin said after practice. “I have a lot more guys to worry about than James.” Returning to practice were linebacker Ryan Shazier and cornerback Artie Burns. Quarterback Landry Jones, who had his foot stepped Friday, was back in a limited capacity.