Choosing to err on the side of caution, the Steelers are going to allow first-round draft choice Troy Polamalu to sit out the next week and a half of workouts to rest his sore hamstring and be ready for the beginning of training camp in July.
Polamalu, whom the Steelers traded up in the first round of the draft for the first time in team history to acquire, has had trouble with his left hamstring for the past year. This is the third time he's either pulled or strained it and it forced him out of voluntary workout sessions this week.
Polamalu played through the injury during his senior season at USC after first pulling the hamstring in August. He aggravated the injury later in the season while overcompensating for an ankle injury prior to the team's bowl game.
As had happened to Steelers' running back Jerome Bettis before a 2001 playoff game, Polamalu took a painkilling injection prior to the Orange Bowl, but the shot numbed his entire leg and he missed the game. The Steelers are counting on Polamalu to be the missing link in their beleaguered pass defense that fell to the bottom half of the league last season.
He is currently listed as second string on the team's depth chart at strong safety behind veteran Mike Logan. But Logan remains out of action until at least training camp after having knee surgery to repair ligaments he tore in the team's playoff victory over Cleveland.
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