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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers secondary is finding there is life without injured star safety Troy Polamalu.

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The Steelers are first in the NFL in passing yards allowed, giving up just 174 per game. They held Eli Manning to a miserable 125 passing yards in a 24-20 victory over the New York Giants last week as Pittsburgh (5-3) won its third straight game.

Polamalu has played in just two games this season due to a right calf injury and will sit out yet again next Monday against the struggling Kansas City Chiefs (1-7). Veteran Will Allen has been the primary fill-in over the last month, and his presence in the run game has helped Pittsburgh put opponents in lengthy third-down situations.

Allen says he's just doing his job and he's just keeping Polamalu's seat warm until the perennial Pro Bowl standout returns.

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