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Steelers Short Three Veterans & One Rookie As Second OTA Session Gets Underway


The Pittsburgh Steelers second OTA session of the 2013 season got underway on Tuesday minus a few veteran players as safety Troy Polamalu, safety Ryan Clark and cornerback Ike Taylor were not in attendance, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Twitter.

It was rumored that Polamalu would return to California this week to continue his offseason training with his trainer as he attempts to finally put his calf injury problems behind him for good. As far as Taylor goes, he dropped hints last week during the Steelers first OTA session that he could be hit or miss for the remainder of the voluntary sessions as well.

In addition to those three players being absent, rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton is still unable to participate due to Oregon State being on the quarters system. The early word is that he will be able to attend the mandatory mini camp next month.

While we all hope for perfect attendance throughout the offseason, sometimes that\’s not accomplished. Players have their reasons for not attending each and every OTA session and in most cases it is because of training regimes. These sessions are not mandatory to attend, only encouraged.

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  • steeltown

    I have no problem whatsoever with Ike and Ryan not attending the 2nd session, these guys have showed up in amazing shape every year… they attended the first session which was nice to hear, though I hope either Clark or Polamalu attend the June 3-6 session, mainly due to Golden and Shamarko needing some mentoring

  • TJimmy

    On the other hand, this could give the newer guys in the secondary some more practice time.

  • steeltown

    True

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    These Vets know how important these sessions are to the young guys and are happy to give them the reps. That is what mature vets should do for OTA’s. Too bad Wheaton cannot be here.

  • Steve

    Our D has been the same since LaBeau took over and there should be no change since it’s #1. Give the new guys expierience, which they need and a coach to help them. Wheaton will get his chance in mini-camp and pre-season, the deploma is more important right now.

  • Ahmad

    Dag that’s most of the starting secondary. However, all three are very proven players so I’m not concerned. Besides the younger guys need the reps anyway. I wonder who started in place of them. I’m assuming Gay started in place of Taylor and that Thomas and Golden started in place of Polamalu and Clark.

  • Rick Peterson

    The only one of the four that can be excused is Wheaton. The other three demonstrated that they aren’t willing to put in the effort needed to improve this team. The Steelers need players that bust there but to get better and do everything possible to help the team. Not showing up is inexcusable, voluntary or not. These three, with the possible exception of Polamalu, should think about another profession or at a minumum, joining a team that doesn’t care about winning. They don’t belong on a storied franchise like Pittsburg.

  • Rick Peterson

    If it was in the best interest of the team that the vets don’t show don’t you think the team would tell them to stay home? The vets need to get ready for the season just as much as the rookies do, maybe even moreso since they will be on the field more once the real season begins. These guys let the team down. Period.

  • Rick Peterson

    After last season don’t you think the starting secondary needs a little practice?

  • Rob

    Ike Ryan and Troy really do not need to be here. Walk throughs in shorts are not going to help them. They always show up and do an excellent job when the season starts. Ike’s training keeps him in top shape, Troy is working on getting rid of scar tissue in his calf and trying to be sure he can play all season, and Ryan Clark is one of the most under rated players on our defense. To say these guys don’t belong, or don’t care about winning does not make any sense to me.

  • Rob

    you mean the starting secondary on the best defense in the nfl?

  • steeltown

    Agreed

  • steeltown

    If we were talking about Woodley… or Sanders… or Dwyer/Redman not showing up, ok.. but this is Ike and Ryan Clark two of the most in shape and productive players on the Team, year in and year out

  • steeltown

    Exactly, I like it, I think Gay needs the reps with the 1st Team we are one injury away from him getting increased playing time.. glad we have him back and it probably means that C.Brown might be getting reps when we go nickel, which should help him as well… he definitely could use reps with the 1st Team

  • T R

    double agreed

  • T R

    agreed again

  • Rick Peterson

    The OTAs are intended to intruduce any changes to the offense or defense, knock off the rust, and more importantly, begin the process of introducing new players into the mix. They must learn to play as a team and that can’t happen when key veterans are MIA. Like I said in the original post, Troy may deserve a pass because of his health issues. You all can make excuses for people making making millions to play a game for not attending but I think they owe to the fans and teammates to do everything possible to make the Steelers a better team. Absence is a reflection of their lack of commitment and ability to be a leader.

  • Rick Peterson

    You won’t be the best in the NFL if you don’t practice. Don’t you think rookies like Shamarko would benefit from their presence? These players have a lot to offer rookies and new teammates that they ca’t give if they aren’t present.

  • Shea Fahr

    The Rookies need the Coaches attention right NOW. The older Vets helped introduce the rookies last week. Stop beating up on the main players that produced the number 1 Defense.

  • PA2AK

    Rick, look at the shape and preparedness of Clark & Taylor throughout their careers. These are two guys that rarely let the team down. When it comes to knowing assignments and being in football shape…these two are head and shoulders above the rest of the team.

  • PA2AK

    If they are there…rookies don’t get reps. Ike and Clark aren’t rookies…they show up ready for the season…EVERY year. relax rick-bo

  • Rick Peterson

    If the team was better off without veterans attending then they wouldn’t invite them. These activities aren’t about getting in shape (you already better be in shape) they are about learning schemes, getting to know your team mates, and helping the new guys learn the system. You can’t do any of that if your not there. After a crappy year the veterans need to be busting their asses to get this team better and to show the new guys the work ethic needed for success. Not showing up is not how you lead by example. Let’s hope the veterans that did show can make up for these guys.

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