Notes from Tuesday’s organized team activity workout at Steelers’ headquarters on the South Side of Pittsburgh:
With a few exceptions, all Steelers were present and accounted for as voluntary OTAs resumed.
As he’s done in the past, strong safety Troy Polamalu is skipping OTAs. He’s in California, working out with his own personal trainer. Coach Mike Tomlin has no problem with that.
Also missing Tuesday was reserve wide receiver Dallas Baker. A Steelers’ spokesman didn’t know why Baker was absent. Baker, however, did attend two OTAs in April and the three-day minicamp earlier this month.
Present but not practicing were wide receivers Hines Ward and Martin Nance, free safety Ryan Clark and punter Daniel Sepulveda.
Ward and Clark are coming off off-season shoulder surgeries. Sepulveda missed the 2008 season with a knee injury.
Nance is nursing an undisclosed leg injury.
Mundy a lock for a roster spot?
With both starting safeties missing OTAs,
Ryan Mundy is getting a chance to run with the first-team defense.
Mundy, a sixth-round pick in the 2008 NFL draft, sat out much of last season. He suffered a high ankle sprain during a pre-season game and then was cut. In November, he was signed to the Steelers’ practice squad.
The Steelers’ coaches like Mundy’s potential. It’s almost a given that Mundy will make the Steelers’ roster this year. After all, they did release Anthony Smith.
For the time being, Mundy and Tyrone Carter are playing free safety and strong safety, respectively, with the first-team defense during off-season workouts.
Sweed getting first team reps
With Ward basically serving as an assistant coach during OTAs, Limas Sweed is another second-year pro who’s an OTA first-stringer. Sweed and Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes are the starting wide receivers.
Shaun McDonald, a seventh-year pro signed recently as a free agent, is running the slot in three-wideout sets.
Second-year linebacker Bruce Davis has switched jersey numbers.
Last year as a rookie, he wore No. 53. Now he’s wearing No. 50, the number worn by linebacker Larry Foote the past seven years.
“Right after the Super Bowl when we knew Foote was leaving, I asked him if he would mind if I wore 50,” Davis said. “He said, ‘Nope, as long as you do it proud.’ ”
When he played college football at UCLA, Davis wore No. 44.
“Nothing special about 50,” Davis said. “I just hated 53. And since I can’t wear 44 as a pro, I jumped at the chance to wear 50.”
“Farrior a big Penguins fan“
Star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t the only Steeler who attended the Pittsburgh Penguins’ win Monday night in the Eastern Conference finals. So did linebacker James Farrior.
“I’m definitely a big Penguins fan,” Farrior said. “I’ll support any sports team in this town. We know what it’s like to get great fan support. So I gotta be a hockey fan.
“It was fun being there (Monday night). And it was great seeing them get a win.”