Monday morning's practice

<b>LATROBE -</b> The Steelers unveiled a new weapon at their morning practice Monday as the second week of training camp kicked off. First-round draft pick Troy Polamalu replaced Chris Hope as one of the safeties in the dime defense, joining Brent Alexander as one of the deep men.

"This is just something we wanted to take a look at," said defensive coordinator Tim Lewis, trying to downplay the move.

But after giving up half of their draft to move up in the first round and get Polamalu, it was only a matter of time before he jumped into the dime.

In other news Monday morning, the Steelers released punter Mike Hayes and guard Dave Costa, activating punter Josh Miller from the physically unable to perform list and signing punter Glen Pakulak. Pakulak had been with Seattle until a couple of weeks ago when he was cut so the Seahawks could sign Tom Rouen.

It was a wet, muddy practice Monday morning that was heavy in trick plays.

I can't really write about any of the plays, but everyone can likely guess who was involved in them. His hand seems to be feeling better after the day off (hint, hint).

Plaxico Burress had the catch of the morning, making a one-handed grab of a high pass for a TD over Dewayne Washington from Brian St. Pierre.

The aforementioned Hope had an interception off a deflection of a Maddox pass - the ball caromed off Hines Ward's hands. It will be interesting to see how he handles his demotion.

Dale Lolley

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