Steelers open OTAs without WR Mike Wallace

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) listens to new offensive coordinator Todd Haley, left, during the first day of NFL football practice at the team\'s training facility on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh. Quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner listens at center. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to work Tuesday with a new offensive playbook but without Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Wallace, who is working out on his own in Louisiana as he tries to finalize a new deal with the team.

Wallace has not yet signed the one-year deal worth around $2.7 million the Steelers offered the restricted free agent during the offseason and is working out on his own back in Louisiana.

Coach Mike Tomlin expects a new deal to be signed eventually, calling the current situation a little "short-term misery."

Wallace was one of the few notable absences on Tuesday. Safety Troy Polamalu, who normally waits until minicamp, dressed for the voluntary workout.