Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor Absent For Start Of Steelers 2014 OTA Practices

The Pittsburgh Steelers first set of OTA practices got underway on Tuesday and it appears as though that there are only three players not in attendance.

In addition to rookie linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, who is unable to attend because of UCLA being on the quarter system, veterans Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor are reportedly also not present for the voluntary session.

In the case of Polamalu, it’s not overly shocking that he’s apparently decided to stay back home in Southern California in order to work on his conditioning as he has done several times in the past.

With 100 days to go until the start of the 2014 NFL season, the veteran safety has plenty of time left to work with new safety Mike Mitchell, who was signed to replace Ryan Clark, who had roamed the Steelers secondary with Polamalu since 2006. The key thing for Polamalu is that he’s once again 100 percent healthy. Last season he played in all 16 regular-season games after being plagued by a calf injury in 2012.

As far as Taylor’s situation, if memory serves me, he arrived late last year, so that might be the case once again this year. We’ll see.

  • steeltown

    Much ado about nothing, although with the addition of Mitchell I really hope Polamalu shows up earlier than in years past.

  • Game_Time

    Polamalu not showing for voluntary OTAs only means more time for S. Thomas to get quality reps with the 1st unit. Troy and M. Mitchell are vets and will be able to mesh pretty quickly during camp.

  • T R

    just new Ike would appear at OTAs today since he didnt do his The IKE show on triblive this mornign it was a boring show without him… 🙂

  • dkoy85

    He didn’t show up though :-/

  • Moneypenny76

    These are voluntary, so it’s their right not to show. However, in Ike’s case considering the poor season he had last year, I am really hoping that the young guys who have bothered to show up really prove themselves and relegate Ike to backup status. He was a liability last year, and now – even with all the new anticipated starters on defense, isn’t there with his teammates.

  • joed32

    You can bet that he’s working hard wherever he is though. He’s always been a workaholic when it comes to staying in good shape.

  • Steelers12328882

    I’m sure everyone wants to give these guys a pass since it’s ‘voluntary’, but after two 8-8 seasons you have to be disappointed that these 2 didn’t show up especially when everyone else did.