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Steelers notebook: Workload escalates for veteran players

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison makes his way through the hurdles during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant catches a pass during drills Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers linebacker James Harrison works the crowd with receiver Antonio Brown as they make their way to practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers receiver Antonio Brown beats defensive back Brandon Boykin on a touchdown pass during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell breaks away from linebacker Lawrence Timmons during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin talks with his players as they stretch before practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski works out during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin smiles as he watches practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers kicker Garrett Hartley is greeted by receiver Antonio Brown at the start of practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers kicker Garrett Hartley (8) works out with punter Jordan Berry during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers special teams coach Danny Smith talks with punter Brad Wing (9) and kicker Garrett Hartley (8) during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers kicker Garrett Hartley (8) works with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers kicker Garrett Hartley (8) talks with punter Brad Wing during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
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Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak works with the starters during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent in Latrobe.

• Training camp, it seems, finally began in earnest Tuesday for the Steelers’ veterans, starters and those who will represent the team on the field once the regular season begins. James Harrison’s participation for the first time was the highlight of a practice that included all of the Steelers’ healthy regulars. The 37-year-old Harrison had been in a gray sweatsuit for the first 11 practices at St. Vincent. There were no apparent “veteran’s days off” that had been ubiquitous through camp’s first two weeks.

• Six days after suffering a scary-looking knee injury during practice, safety Robert Golden said he was feeling “blessed.” The injury is a strain to his right knee. Golden no longer is wearing a brace, and while he has not been cleared to run yet, he said he is “feeling pretty good and getting better everyday.”

• No. 3 tackle Mike Adams said he “feels all right” and is “progressing,” three weeks after undergoing back surgery. He also praised the play Sunday of young 6-foot-9 tackle Alejandro Villanueva.

• Running backCameron Stingily will have surgery on his right knee Wednesday, coachMike Tomlin said. Stingily was injured during the second half of Sunday’s game.

• Harrison had the quote of the day after talking about how much he enjoyed attended Jerome Bettis’ Hall of Fame induction. Asked whether he could envision himself doing the same, Harrison said, “No, I hope not.” Why? “Because you got to do a speech.”

Camp schedule

Wednesday: 5:30 p.m.

Thursday: Off day

Friday: 7:30 p.m. game at Jacksonville

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