-- WR Hines Ward, speaking publicly for the first time since his DUI arrest in Georgia July 9, said he will let the legal process unfold and believes he will be exonerated.
"I'm just leaving it in my attorney's hands," Ward said. "I can't really talk much about the situation because it's still under investigation and all that stuff. But I'm confident everything will work out at the end. That's pretty much all I can say about that. I'm just waiting for my day in court and see what happens."
-- DE Aaron Smith, 35, has not played since last October, when he tore triceps and missed the rest of the season. He says he won't think about his arm and whether it will hold up.
"I think after awhile you have to get past that point where you can't be worrying about it because you have to play football. I mean, when a man 350 pounds lines up across from you, you really shouldn't be thinking about whether your arm's going to be all right."
-- DE Cameron Heyward missed half of the first practice as he signed his four-year, $6.7 million contract as the team's No. 1 draft pick. He said his late father, Ironhead Heyward, was a stickler for being on time.
"He'd be saying, 'Get your butt in there and get to work.'"
-- "That looked like the same guy I was throwing to before jail. He still has it." - QB Byron Leftwich, who works out every summer with Plaxico Burress, the day before the wide receiver signed with the Jets.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We aren't allergic to rain, but we are to lightning." - Coach Mike Tomlin, who had to pull his team off twice when a thunderstorm struck his first training camp practice.
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