Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th103.1 (20th)264.5 (4th)
Defense4th98.8 (8th)195.8 (2nd)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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--SS Troy Polamalu, who attended the team's first two OTAs April 19-20 and then their required minicamp, did not show when they resumed practices this week. He has worked out in California the previous two seasons. Veteran Will Allen has taken his place at strong safety in practices.

Coach Mike Tomlin, though, sounded a bit irked that Polamalu has disappeared.

"I tend to focus on the guys who are here. That's probably a good focus to have."

--The Steelers are looking hard at a kickoff specialist, unhappy with kicker Jeff Reed's relatively short kickoffs. Former Pitt punter Adam Graessle has been kicking off in special teams practices.

--Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has been wearing the game jerseys of his defensive veterans during spring practices. So far, he's worn jerseys of linebacker James Farrior and defensive end Aaron Smith. He's going by seniority so nose tackle Casey Hampton is next.

Several times, his defensive players wore his jersey, once before a playoff game in 2005, once before a game in Detroit and when the Steelers played in Canton for the Hall of Fame game.

--Kick return specialist Stefan Logan, a wide receiver last year and listed as a wide receiver on the roster, has been with the running backs this spring.

"He'll jump right back in there. He's going to have to play 12 games." -- Coordinator Bruce Arians, on what Ben Roethlisberger will do if and when he's cleared to return before the end of spring practices.

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