The Steelers will go forward with practice on Thursday, despite a number of teams around the NFL deciding to cancel work in the aftermath of the shooting of James Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday and days of unrest in violence in that city.
Blake’s shooting came two months after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minnesota police officer and significant protests and riots in many American cities.
The Milwaukee Bucks, which normally play about an hour north of Kenosha, decided on Wednesday, afternoon that they would not be playing in their NBA playoff game. That decision was subsequently mirrored by the rest of the NBA players and WNBA players. Three MLB games and five MLS matches were also postponed as individual players and teams made the decisions not to move forward with their seasons at this time.
Thursday, the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts and Washington decided not to go forward with scheduled practices while several other teams delayed the start of theirs.
The Steelers are scheduled to start practice at 1:30 p.m. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the team Thursday morning, but said there was no vote from the players about whether or not to practice.