"Because we're talking about Head & Shoulders right now," said the business savvy safety.
The reporter persisted: What could possibly happen to hair that could cause a million dollars in damage?
"Honestly, nothing," Polamalu said. "But, you're giving us a 15-second spot on the nightly news right now."
The more important question for Polamalu concerns his health 10 days before the season opener.
"I feel much better, thank God," he said.
Does his knee feel as well as it did before the opener last season?
"It's tough to say. But I feel really good right now."
Of course, the reporter assigned to Troy's hair wouldn't be deterred. He asked Polamalu if he's been ribbed by teammates about the insurance policy.
"I have, yes," Polamalu said. "They've taken a couple strands, $5 strands. The gray ones are worth a little more. And if you get a root, that's really valuable."
HEAD & STITCHES
Linebacker James Farrior missed Tuesday's practice with six stitches in his head. The injury occurred Sunday night during a goal-line tackle after Farrior's helmet had popped off.
"I was like, ‘Oh, (expletive),' but I still wanted to make the play, though. And then I felt the guy hitting me and I knew it was going to be bad."
Was the pain as bad as it looked?
"Nah," Farrior said. "It looked a lot worse than it really was."
PAIN IN THE GLASS
Bryant McFadden returned to practice Tuesday, but in a limited capacity due to a pectoral injury that kept him out of Sunday night's game.
McFadden and Will Gay split time at left cornerback with the first team Tuesday, while Sunday night's starter, Keenan Lewis, played with the backups.
Lewis, of course, was yanked from Sunday's game by Coach Mike Tomlin after Lewis's second personal foul. He returned in the fourth quarter on special teams, but was so angry as he walked into the locker room after the game that he smashed a glass-encased sign at the entrance. When Tomlin saw the glass, he turned to a group of reporters and demanded they tell him who broke it. No one answered, so Tomlin went inside and found Lewis waiting in his office. Lewis confessed and apologized.
FIRST WAVE OF CUTS
The Steelers didn't cut any of their rookies, but did put offensive lineman Chris Scott, a fifth-round pick, on the reserve/PUP list.
Scott will miss the first six weeks of the regular season, and will be eligible to practice with the team for three weeks without counting on the 53-man roster. After that time, the Steelers must add him to the roster, place him on injured reserve, or waive him.
The roster moves leave the Steelers with 75 players. They must cut down to 53 before Saturday at 6 p.m.
Ben Roethlisberger, who'll learn Friday whether his six-game suspension will be reduced to four games, will not count as one of the 53 during his suspension.