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Polamalu out, Suggs doubtful for Sunday night

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs each have knee injuries.  Neither have been expected to play on Sunday night, when their two teams face each other in Baltimore.

Officially, Polamalu is out due to his PCL sprain.  Suggs, however, is doubtful.  Ordinarily, “doubtful” is only a short stone’s throw from “out,” but Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was listed as doubtful for Thursday’s NFC North battle against the Packers, and Stafford started and finished the game.

Also for the Steelers, quarterback Charlie Batch (wrist) is out and guard Chris Kemoeatu (knee) is out.  Defensive end Travis Kirschke (calf) is questionable, as is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is officially listed as having a “head” injury, even though anyone with a brain in their “head” knows that Big Ben suffered a concussion against the Chiefs.

Roethlisberger practiced all week and reportedly is expected to play.  A report surfaced on Friday that he might actually miss the game.

Finally, running back Willie Parker is probable with a hip injury, which probably doesn’t matter because Parker has disappeared faster than the last piece of pumpkin pie at Casey Hampton’s house.

For the Ravens, linebacker Ray Lewis (foot) and safety Ed Reed (illness, foot) are questionable.  Center Matt Birk (neck), tight end Todd Heap (chest), linebacker Jarret Johnson (shoulder), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (ankle), and tight end L.J. Smith (illness) are probable.

It’s arguably an elimination game — the Steelers are 6-4 and the Ravens are 5-5.  Both trail the Bengals, who swept the two AFC finalists from a year ago.

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12 Responses to “Polamalu out, Suggs doubtful for Sunday night”
  1. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 28, 2009 9:57 AM

    Hard to believe BigBen won’t play considering it is a division rival and as you say pretty much an elimination game.
    Steelers haven’t won this year with Polamalu out. If BigBen knows this he just might sit after all and avoid making his “head injury” worse.

  2. BreakingTackles IN P-TOWN says: Nov 28, 2009 9:58 AM

    This will be a hard fought match up if Roth plays Pit can win look for Flacco and Mason to perform. FF advice sit both Defenses.

  3. BreakingTackles IN P-TOWN says: Nov 28, 2009 9:58 AM

    This will be a hard fought match up if Roth plays Pit can win

  4. Igottz5onit says: Nov 28, 2009 10:11 AM

    @ SmackMyVickUp
    Actually the Steelers beat the Chargers and the Lions without Polamalu this year.

  5. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Nov 28, 2009 10:14 AM

    They’re just pretending to be taking every precaution with ben’s concussion, while at the same time not saying the C word, since precaution and C word = sit out 1 week.

  6. DonTerrelli says: Nov 28, 2009 10:20 AM

    Dennis Dixon is gonna go off and throw for 4 TDs

  7. Nevisyakker says: Nov 28, 2009 10:29 AM

    Suggs is a great linebacker, and very important to that team, but—-no one, not even the QB, seems to have a more profound effect on whether they win or lose than Polamalu. It is a very different defense without him in there policing the backfield and supporting everything that goes wide of the tackles from sweeps to screens. They are a top 3 defense with him and the stats would say that they are barely in the top third of the league without him.

  8. BleedGreen says: Nov 28, 2009 10:36 AM

    This is off topic, and I know you need to pay the bills, but having noise making ads on your page is not the way to get people to read your posts. I read while at work, which is fine, but making noise with the Samsung ad is not cool.

  9. stiller43 says: Nov 28, 2009 10:47 AM

    It’s not an elimination game if the Bengals keep losing to teams like the Raiders.

  10. floriohatestheravens says: Nov 28, 2009 12:05 PM

    DonTerrelli – LOL thats a funny story….
    Rookie QB against our D at HOME (our D has been down this year, but if you look at it closely, our D has still been pretty dominant at home)…bad news
    Just ask Big Ben about being a rookie QB playing in Baltimore….

  11. Kiss Bills Rings says: Nov 28, 2009 12:18 PM

    Too bad those 4 TD’S will be for the Ravens D…..

  12. Frank Burns says: Nov 28, 2009 10:46 PM

    In other news, Suggs showed up in a wheelchair to announce he really, really, really did his best to be playing Sunday. Then was seen later on walking just fine without it.

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