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Polamalu joins Parker among Steelers skipping Pro Bowl

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will not play in
the Pro Bowl, joining running back Willie Parker as the team's
second player to miss the NFL's all-star game.

Polamalu was suffering from a knee sprain when the season ended.
A team spokeswoman said Friday that Polamalu will not play in the
Feb. 10 game in Honolulu.

Parker, the NFL's leading rusher for much of the season, will
not play because he broke his leg in the next-to-last game of the
regular season.

Antoine Bethea of Indianapolis will replace Polamalu at strong
safety.

The Steelers still have three players on the AFC roster:
linebacker James Harrison, guard Alan Faneca and quarterback Ben
Roethlisberger. Harrison and Faneca are starters.