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Steelers notebook: Polamalu was familiar sight for Clark

| Monday, July 30, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Troy Polamalu attended all of the Steelers' offseason practices this year for the first time in some time. Being able to see Polamalu during the spring was the reason why teammate and good friend Ryan Clark said people were stunned by his appearance. “Troy is Samoan, and he is the smallest Samoan I have ever seen play football,” he said. “Sometimes he is going to get a little fat. He likes to eat. He always looks like that in the offseason.”

• Being on the physically unable to perform list has given tackle Max Starks time to dissect new coordinator Todd Haley's offense. Starks said Haley's offense is actually more user-friendly once it's learned, unlike that of former coordinator Bruce Arians' playbook. “Sometimes we had one play that meant three different plays. Now there is a name for each one of those plays,” he said.

Maurkice Pouncey said his left ankle is pain-free. He had offseason surgery on the ankle, which caused him to miss a pair of games last year and Super Bowl XLV the season before. Pouncey had bone spurs removed from his ankle, causing instability and pain. “It's good,” he said. “I don't even think about it anymore.”

• Rookie running back Chris Rainey is on the small side, and he isn't taking any chances. Rainey has decided to wear full pads for practice, including thigh and knee pads. “I have to stay safe, man,” he said.

• Not practicing were tight end Heath Miller (ankle). Cornerback Keenan Lewis (shoulder), guard Trai Essex (ankle) and guard David DeCastro (ankle) were injured at practice. None of the injuries is believed to be serious.

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