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Steelers to keep Polamalu
Loyalty usually isn't a two-way street in professional sports, but the case of Troy Polamalu and the Steelers may be an exception to that rule. Despite needing to create salary-cap space, the Steelers will not release Polamalu, citing the Rooney family's loyalty to the veteran safety. Polamalu has essentially been the face (and hair) of the Steelers' franchise since being drafted in 2003, and imagining him in a uniform other than Steelers black and gold is almost unthinkable. His production has been declining, however, and given that he'll be 33 this season, the Steelers might end up regretting their otherwise-admirable allegiance to one of their all-time greats.
Punters are athletes -- this much is not in dispute -- but they're athletes with a focus on kicking things and not necessarily on tackling people. That being said, if they're in position to make a play, blockers have to take them into account. Terence Garvin did a bit more than take punter Kevin Huber into account, however -- he broke Huber's jaw and cracked a vertebra in his neck as a result of a massive hit during a 68-yard touchdown return in Sunday's Bengals-Steelers game. Officials didn't throw a flag, but this seems exactly like the type of hit that the NFL will come down on during its review.
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