Though the name of Steelers safety Ryan Clark does not appear on the team’s injury report for Thursday or Friday, his status for Monday night remains undecided for reasons other than his current overall condition.
Clark, despite generally being healthy, might not play on Monday night in Denver due to a sickle-cell trait that attacked his body the last time he played a game at the high altitude of the Mile High City.
The Steelers, however, are saying nothing about the situation. Per Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, neither Clark nor coach Mike Tomlin will provide official confirmation regarding his status prior to the game.
“This is not about me,” Clark told Dulac. “It’s two good teams playing on
Monday. Whether I play or not, the game is going to go on, and that’s
what I do know. They won’t stop the game if I don’t play.
“I just want to deal with it and get it over with. I can honestly
say, I’ll be happy Tuesday morning to get back to a regular life.”
There might be a fairly strong clue provided as to Clark’s status if he doesn’t make the trip to Denver with his teammates. Otherwise, we’ll have to wait until the Steelers submit their list of inactive players.
In the interim, it’ll be interesting to see how the Steelers address Clark’s status on the Saturday injury report, which will include one of the various labels reflecting his expected availability.
Our guess? He’ll given the 50-50 tag of “questionable,” even though it appears that the Steelers already know with 100-percent certainty whether he will or won’t be playing.