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Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger weigh in on joint practices with the Bills

LATROBE, Pa. -- Mike Tomlin's enthusiasm was on full display after the first of two joint practices between the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers.

"Man, that was great work. Buffalo was a great dance partner," said Tomlin, the Steelers' coach. "We appreciate coach Marrone and that group and got a lot of things done. We did similar work to what we've been doing in terms of structure of the practice and drills setup, but obviously a different sense of urgency, some different schematics, some different guys.  It was really a productive day for us."

Tomlin said practicing with another team raises the level of intensity. That can sometimes boil over into scuffles, but the Pittsburgh coach wasn't bothered by the few of those he witnessed.

"I thought it was great practice. I thought there was great etiquette and I appreciate the restraint and professionalism by both teams," he said. "I think that doesn’t get reported often enough. We like to turn on the TV and see gory, unfortunate incidents like what happened between Dallas and Oakland, and we’re here to prove that teams are capable of coming together and doing it in a productive and professional manner. I compliment both teams for how they did it."

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said going against the Bills' 4-3 defense was a big benefit to the joint workout.

"Going against new guys is good," Roethlisberger said. "As you go against the same guy every day, you kind of learn how that guy is, so to have a new defensive back to go against is good for them."

The Bills and Steelers will conduct their second joint practice at 5:30 p.m. today.

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