The Pittsburgh Steelers second OTA session of the 2013 season got underway on Tuesday minus a few veteran players as safety Troy Polamalu, safety Ryan Clark and cornerback Ike Taylor were not in attendance, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Twitter.
It was rumored that Polamalu would return to California this week to continue his offseason training with his trainer as he attempts to finally put his calf injury problems behind him for good. As far as Taylor goes, he dropped hints last week during the Steelers first OTA session that he could be hit or miss for the remainder of the voluntary sessions as well.
In addition to those three players being absent, rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton is still unable to participate due to Oregon State being on the quarters system. The early word is that he will be able to attend the mandatory mini camp next month.
While we all hope for perfect attendance throughout the offseason, sometimes that\’s not accomplished. Players have their reasons for not attending each and every OTA session and in most cases it is because of training regimes. These sessions are not mandatory to attend, only encouraged.