Warriors' Porter Jr. out for G4 (foot soreness)

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DALLAS — The Golden State Warriors will try to eliminate the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night without veteran forward Otto Porter Jr.

The Warriors ruled out one of their valued subs because of left foot soreness at the morning shootaround before Game 4. Golden State leads the Western Conference finals, 3-0.

“He’s still sore,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said “We got to make the wise decision here. This gives him a couple of days to prepare for a possible Game 5 and we just don’t want to take a chance of harming his future availability.”

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If Dallas can stay alive by winning Game 4 on Tuesday, there will be a Game 5 in San Francisco on Thursday. If the Warriors, though, can sweep the Mavericks, they and Porter will have over a week off before the NBA Finals are scheduled to start on June 2.

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Tennessee Titans' Ryan Tannehill: 'Meant no disrespect' to Malik Willis with mentor comments

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Tuesday after organized team activities that he meant no disrespect to Malik Willis when Tannehill said it was not his job to mentor the rookie quarterback.

“I meant no disrespect to Malik, or anything close to that,” Tannehill said. “We’ve been in constant communication since he was drafted, through the madness that ensued after my last press conference. And over the last few weeks, as he’s been in the building and kind of getting to know each other, he’s a good person. He’s a talented player.”

The week after the draft, Tannehill spoke to the media and discussed the Titans’ pick of Willis in the third round. The 11-year veteran was asked about what the two quarterbacks’ relationship would be heading into the season.

“We’re competing against each other. We’re watching the same tape. We’re doing the same drills,” Tannehill said on May 3 about Willis. “I don’t think it’s my job to mentor him, but if he learns from me along the way, that’s a great thing.”

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Tannehill lamented how his comments “got spun and twisted” after criticism mounted on social media, including from Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner.

“As soon as it blew up, I reached out to (Willis) and said, ‘Hey, I’m going to be a great teammate to you,'” Tannehill said Tuesday. “‘I’m going to support you, and they’re making this out to something that it’s not to be. It’s not what it’s been made out to be at all.'”

“And he was great with it throughout the whole time. As soon as I reached out to him, he was like,’ Yeah, I can’t believe it’s blown into this.’ So, things were great with us from the beginning and have continued to be great. And it’s been great to have him in the room.”

Tannehill added that he’s been encouraged seeming Willis get up to speed in OTAs. 

“He’s out here working,” Tannehill said of Willis. “That’s one of my charges as a leader of the room to try to help him out. And he’s done a good job of getting with the room and working to get better. We’re all out there just working to get better each and every day and he’s doing that.” 

“I’m going to be a good teammate,” Tannehill said. “I’m going to support (Willis). I’m going to help, encourage (and) push him. Those are all important things and things I’m going to continue to do.”  

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Steelers throw out new-look offense on Day 1 of OTAs


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Even though it’s still May, the Steelers took to the field on Tuesday to prepare for the 2022 season.

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers kicked off their first day of OTAs for the 2022 offseason. With the workouts still voluntary, it will be another three weeks until players are required to show for mandatory minicamp. Regardless, there were still a number of reports coming out as the Steelers held their first team periods of the offseason.

As a quick reminder, here is a breakdown of Phase Three of the offseason workouts according to steelers.com:

Phase Three (May 23-June 17): Teams may conduct a total of 10 voluntary Organized Team Activities, OTAs, during this phase. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted. The team’s mandatory minicamp takes place during this time.

It should also be noted that Tuesday marked the first day in which Pittsburgh media were allowed in the locker room in more than two years. Because of this, we were able to get some reports with how players were utilized on their first day of team practice.

As another reminder, these workouts are in shorts in the month of May. As head coach Mike Tomlin described following the session, decisions are not going to be made when it comes to personnel at this time. Additionally, exactly which players were present has yet to be disclosed and could also be a factor in how the teams aligned in the huddle.

When it comes to the quarterback position, Jim Wexell of the Steel City Insider reports via Kevin Dotson that Mitch Trubisky took the first snaps at quarterback in Tuesday’s practice.

Exactly how much Steelers fans want to read into Trubisky starting off a quarterback is up to them. While it is interesting to note as it is the only information available at this time, there is a lot that can happen between now and September in regards to the quarterback position.

There was more information which Wexell reported from Kevin Dotson which included who started the day at the three positions of the interior offensive line. According to Dotson, he received the first reps at left guard with James Daniels at right guard and Mason Cole at center.

As for where this left 2021 starting center Kendrick Green, it was reported by Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Green took reps at guard on Tuesday.

While it is interesting to see Kendrick Greene playing guard, nothing was stated at this time that he was exclusively playing at guard.

According to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic, Kevin Dotson admitted he expected there to be a competition between him and Kendrick Green for a starting position.

It should also be noted that during these workouts in 2021, the Steelers did not alawys have Kevin Dotson running with the first team. While felt he was in the Steelers doghouse, others believed it was for motivational purposes so he did not become complacent in his second season with his role in the offense.

At this time, there was no report as to how the Steelers began their team period with the offensive tackles. With both starters from last season in Chukwuma Okorafor and Dan Moore Jr. still on the roster, it would not be surprising if both players stepped into the same role assuming they were present at the voluntary workout.

One last interesting note about the Steelers offensive line during their first day of OTA‘s, Chris Adamski also reported that Kevin Dotson acknowledged James Daniels as taking the role as leader of the offensive line.

While it is exciting for Steelers fans to get these reports during the team period, putting everything in context is also important. Although the information is intriguing, it is also not necessary to overreact at this time. There is still a lot of preparation for the 2022 NFL season before the Steelers take the field, even for a preseason game.

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for continued coverage of Steelers OTAs.

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Stephon Tuitt not present at the start of Steelers OTAs


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The Pittsburgh Steelers are starting Phase 3 of their OTAs Tuesday, and Stephon Tuitt is not present.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Organized Team Activities (OTAs) have been ongoing for the past several months. They are broken down into three phases. Phase 1 is when teams can start working with the strength and conditioning staff, Phase 2 is when players can work with individual coaches and position-specific drills, but Phase 3 is the culminating event. In fact, it’s probably what most people think of when they think of OTAs.

Phase 3 of OTAs is when team drills can be run. 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and even 11-on-11 drills can take place. There is no contact or pads, but when it comes to “football in shorts” this is as close to football as it gets.

For the Steelers, there were several burning questions surrounding the team heading into this final phase of OTAs, and none were larger than the presence of Stephon Tuitt.

Tuesday, with the vast majority of the team present, Tuitt was not in attendance. It should be noted these workouts are strictly voluntary. Players can choose to attend, or not, and no punishment can be handed down for their absence.

In most cases, a player choosing to skip OTAs isn’t a big deal, but in Tuitt’s case fans want to know what the future holds for the defensive line standout. As reported by Will Graves of the Associate Press, Tuitt was not present Tuesday, and head coach Mike Tomlin reiterated the voluntary aspect of these workouts.

While OTAs are voluntary, mandatory minicamp, which is held a the end of OTAs, is exactly what it’s called — mandatory. Fans are clamoring for an answer with Tuitt, but they might have to wait a few weeks until they get an answer.

In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they continue through OTAs and minicamp.

UPDATE

Cam Heyward was interviewed post-practice and shared how he expects Tuitt to play this year. Knows he is putting in the work necessary. This per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: