Polamalu, the Steelers' All-Pro strong safety, will return to the team Tuesday for the first practice at the South Side facility.
"I wish I could've caught at least one," he said of camp practices. "But, hey, it's a nice streak I guess."
Polamalu injured his hamstring a week before the start of camp. He ran the conditioning test and thought he fatigued the injured muscle then.
"I started running and doing stuff and it didn't get any better," he said. "So then I said, ‘Listen, shut it down, do nothing, and eat Cheetos.'"
Polamalu was asked about the significance of missing camp. He shrugged it off. "Before you know it, everybody's going to forget about this little camp," he said.
He was also asked if this type of injury could linger in the back of his mind.
"No, not with hamstrings," he said.
Polamalu will go to the South Side still weighing the 215 pounds to which he had bulked up over the summer. "I want to stay there," he said, "but I'm afraid I'm going to lose weight once I really start practicing."
He could always eat more Cheetos.
RETURN OF ROYE
The Steelers on Sunday signed defensive end Orpheus Roye, 35, who played with the team from 1996-99. Roye spent the last eight seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He made six starts last season, but was released after playing with an injured knee the last two seasons.
"He had a very solid workout," said Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin. "He appears to be in pretty good shape, so we'll continue on here the next couple weeks and see if he can find a seat on the bus."
Sunday was the final practice day for the Steelers, who'll hold a meeting Monday morning and then depart. Lost to injuries this camp were punter Dan Sepulveda, backup quarterback Charlie Batch, and backup tight end Jon Dekker.
"One thing about camp," Tomlin said, "There are good days, there are bad days; people make plays, people make mistakes. It's a building process and we're still in the midst of that."
"Deshea is our corner; B-Mac is our nickel," Tomlin said. "There are corners who are safety-capable. We like to give them a couple snaps every now and then to make sure they remain sharp."
The last question of camp dealt with the backup holder.
"We've got a secret weapon," Tomlin said. "His name's Hines Ward."