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Steelers’ Troy Polamalu unlikely to play vs. Jets

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Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has been named the AFC defensive player of the week after the Steelers’ last two games. But he’s not expected to get a chance to make it three in a row.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Polamalu is unlikely to play against the Jets on Sunday.

Polamalu had already been struggling with a leg injury, and he aggravated it on a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown in last Sunday’s win over the Bengals. Polamalu had another interception near the end of the game, and he followed that with a bizarre, risky decision to lateral the ball. Some of his teammates have said the reason he did that is his leg was hurting so badly he didn’t want to run any further.

If Polamalu is out, Ryan Mundy or Will Allen will start in his place.

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38 Responses to “Steelers’ Troy Polamalu unlikely to play vs. Jets”
  1. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:39 AM

    HELL and DAMN!

  2. daryllh says: Dec 17, 2010 7:44 AM

    Great. Nothing like mirroring last year’s end of the season injuries. We all know how that ended up.

  3. ArtModellsPimp says: Dec 17, 2010 7:45 AM

    Too bad. I hope he’s healthy for the Browns’ game, though. I’m looking forward to watching Hillis pancake the Hairball…

  4. donterrelli says: Dec 17, 2010 7:45 AM

    UNACCEPTABLE

  5. db105 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:52 AM

    Risky decision to lateral the ball? Most of these players don’t weigh the risks of turning the ball over. Just look at all the players that reach for pylon and goalline.

  6. nyjallgodamnday says: Dec 17, 2010 8:17 AM

    doesn’t matter, jets will destroy the steelers with or without that hideous beast on the field

  7. Jack Burton says: Dec 17, 2010 8:22 AM

    Miller and Polamalu are out, great way to start the weekend.

  8. getoverit79 says: Dec 17, 2010 8:28 AM

    Now when the Jets win, they’ll say we backed in again.

  9. thecgroup says: Dec 17, 2010 8:32 AM

    sit him the rest of the year to ensure he is healthy for playoffs. Steelers really only need 2 wins to make sure they have the bye (actually will only be 1 when saints beat ravens this week). A month off will make sure he is healthy.
    I dont think they need him for Jets, panthers or browns…

  10. tuxbirds says: Dec 17, 2010 8:39 AM

    Leg hurt so bad….Pfft.. Ed Reed wannabe.

  11. freddieizzyb says: Dec 17, 2010 8:43 AM

    ArtModellsPimp says:
    Dec 17, 2010 7:45 AM
    Too bad. I hope he’s healthy for the Browns’ game, though. I’m looking forward to watching Hillis pancake the Hairball
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    Browns fans are still watching football? why??????

  12. raidernation666 says: Dec 17, 2010 8:43 AM

    Well at least we know the Steeler fans will have their excuse in place if they lose

  13. pastabelly says: Dec 17, 2010 8:46 AM

    The time to rest your safeties is against Sanchez and at home.

  14. njhitman says: Dec 17, 2010 8:51 AM

    nyjallgodamnday says:
    Dec 17, 2010 8:17 AM
    doesn’t matter, jets will destroy the steelers with or without that hideous beast on the field

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    Only if the Jets CHEAT owait they been doing that all season but it still won’t help them

  15. steelnucs says: Dec 17, 2010 8:53 AM

    Well, it was good while it lasted. A secondary that was weak at best is now is pretty much ready and waiting to be toasted. Better get some good pressure on Sanchez or it could get ugly. Also better hope that the Saints take care of the Gayvens.

  16. jackhall00 says: Dec 17, 2010 8:53 AM

    This is the coaches fault for leaving him in after he was obviously injured in a rout with 2 minutes left.
    Oh well, he can soak it in some Head and Shoulders over his week off and I’m sure it will be fine.

  17. steeelfann says: Dec 17, 2010 8:55 AM

    Well, Santonio Holmes and “Sanchize” (ahem, choke), just started smiling.

    Steelers already without 2 starting tackles, now without best defensive player in game and without best 3-4 defensive end over last decade (Aaron Smith), I think the Jets may win by attrition.

    Shame as no way Jets win if either Pola or Smith play.

    Jets are a sham with a QB who is not ready for primetime.

    Was hoping Jets lose to Steelers and Bears and Dolphins win next 2. Then we could watch and see how Belicheck plays last game against Phins!

  18. theandy59 says: Dec 17, 2010 9:00 AM

    @nyjallgodamnday – Are you Rex Ryan?

  19. SteelTown6 says: Dec 17, 2010 9:03 AM

    #ArtModellsPimp says: Dec 17, 2010 7:45 AM

    “Too bad. I hope he’s healthy for the Browns’ game, though. I’m looking forward to watching Hillis pancake the Hairball…”

    So how’s the Clown’s season shaping up?
    / smirk

    The best part about the Clowns and Bungles perennial losing is how quiet it keeps their loudmouth fans.

  20. ampats says: Dec 17, 2010 9:50 AM

    Now if they sit Sanchez the Jets might actually have a hope to win the game.

  21. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter says: Dec 17, 2010 10:04 AM

    #
    freddieizzyb says: Dec 17, 2010 8:43 AM

    ArtModellsPimp says:
    Dec 17, 2010 7:45 AM
    Too bad. I hope he’s healthy for the Browns’ game, though. I’m looking forward to watching Hillis pancake the Hairball
    ————————————————-

    Browns fans are still watching football? why??????
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    Typical Steeler fan response. If they ain’t winning why watch.

  22. RexCanCoach says: Dec 17, 2010 10:12 AM

    Steelers won’t need Polamalu. I’ve been a Jets fan since the 70′s, and regrettably I’ve seen this all too often.

    Jets are hurting mentally right now especially Sanchez. If the Steelers get out to a quick lead 10-0 or 14-0, NFL can switch over to Heidi.

    Hoping and wishing I am wrong, but I have a bad feeling about this game. When the Jets backs are FIRMLY up against the wall, ie needing to beat Buffalo in week #17 to make the playoffs, then they will play well. May be too late by then.

  23. bspurloc says: Dec 17, 2010 10:15 AM

    u mean if the jets stop doing run run as the first to plays they have a chance to win….

    stupid offensive play calling.
    first its run run seminole now its run run something else.
    SO HARD TO DEFEND when your play calls are EXACTLY the same every possession.

  24. ArtModellsPimp says: Dec 17, 2010 10:26 AM

    @freddieizzyb says:
    “Browns fans are still watching football? why??????”

    @SteelTown6 says:
    “The best part about the Clowns and Bungles perennial losing is how quiet it keeps their loudmouth fans.”
    ——————

    Obviously, the selective memories of the Yinzers skipped right over December, one year ago.

    Seems the Browns smacked the Steelers right out of the playoffs. Am I right?

    Ready for your deja vu moment, Pittsburgh? LOL…

  25. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:43 AM

    @tuxbirds:
    you can keep reed. our guy is WAY better (and plays a diff’t position). but thanks for thinking of us.

    @raidernation:
    you’re still bumpin’ your gums after the product your team put on the field this year? guess we cant call you fairweather. we didnt need any excuses against you clowns though. EVERY team uses injury as an excuse/explanation for the team not playing as well as it usually does. its a natural conclusion to make. after all, if the second stringers were starter material, they’d be starting. fact is, injuries are a part of EVERYONE’S season, but WHO gets injured is often what makes the difference.

    as for the game. i’m looking forward to it. Sanchez just doesnt inspire fear in my heart, even with our DBs (and that’s saying something). the jet i dont doubt that we can confuse him with coverage/blitzing. i just worry about our offense against their blitz. we dont block blitzes well and Ben cant read them very well either. mix that with a team that LOVES to blitz and it makes for a 60 minute firebombing.

  26. cornellsteelers says: Dec 17, 2010 11:16 AM

    I’d rather have Troy sit out against Sanchez than be at less than 100% in the playoffs against a real QB.

    @tuxbirds
    Because Ed Reed NEVER gets injured, right? If he did, how would he make all of those huge plays in critical games? Oh, wait…

    @nyjallgodamnday
    Do you realize how stupid you sound? That “hideous beast” is the best safety in the league, and for you to be so arrogant after getting emulsified by the Pats and smothered by the Dolphins shows why everyone hates Jets fans.

  27. cornellsteelers says: Dec 17, 2010 11:20 AM

    @ArtModellsPimp
    The only people having deja vu will be Clowns fans as they have lucid flashbacks to pretty much every Clowns-Steelers game since 2004. You should feel honored that your joke of a team is our final stepping stone to the playoffs. Maybe you can light the Cuyahoga on fire to help us celebrate another AFCN title?

  28. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 17, 2010 12:15 PM

    ArtModellsPimp:
    Obviously, the selective memories of the Yinzers skipped right over December, one year ago.

    Seems the Browns smacked the Steelers right out of the playoffs. Am I right?

    Ready for your deja vu moment, Pittsburgh? LOL…
    ——————————————————
    that was a joke right?
    apparently, you’ve skipped over the past several years when ruining another team’s playoff hopes is as good as it gets for your franchise. how pathetic that your proudest moment is “well we knocked you guys out of the playoffs”. that was the first time you beat us in how many consecutive games? all blind squirrels dont die of starvation. and how’d you guys do in the following game to show/prove that last time wasnt a total fluke? and speaking of playoffs, remember Tommy Maddox? you should, cuz he’s the last qb you saw in a playoff game! if you cant remember, google something like “browns blow chance to beat steelers when it matters most.”

  29. benjaminbreeg11 says: Dec 17, 2010 12:35 PM

    With Polamalu out, the JETS have a good shot at beating the Steelers. Rex Ryacheat just needs to improve the performance of his tripping teams and get a better performance out of Sanchize.

    Go JETS.

  30. silverback9999 says: Dec 17, 2010 1:04 PM

    Well yeah, I’d say not having arguably the best defensive player in the league on the field is an excuse if they lose. If Revis wasn’t playing it certainly would make a difference. At full strength, at home the Steelers win easy. Now it’s a coin flip.

  31. freddieizzyb says: Dec 17, 2010 1:35 PM

    ArtModellsPimp:
    Obviously, the selective memories of the Yinzers skipped right over December, one year ago.

    Seems the Browns smacked the Steelers right out of the playoffs. Am I right?

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    thats my favorite thing browns fan say (think)

    yes, they were ONE of the crap teams that knocked us out. along with raiders, cheifs, and a few others

  32. freddieizzyb says: Dec 17, 2010 1:39 PM

    raidernation666 says:
    Dec 17, 2010 8:43 AM
    Well at least we know the Steeler fans will have their excuse in place if they lose

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    we didnt need any excuses for that 35-3 beatdown we gave the raiders

  33. Bubby Brister says: Dec 17, 2010 2:18 PM

    I’d chime in to the Browns commenter, but a few years back, I made it a self-rule that I wouldn’t talk trash on their fans anymore — as it’s akin to picking on the special kids in school. I remember being in Cleveland territory for that loss against them last year. And as mad as I was at the time, in hindsight I can’t help but do two things: 1. Remembering how all the Brownie fans were treating the second win of the season like a Super Bowl win 2. Saying “Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, how cute.”

  34. steelnucs says: Dec 17, 2010 2:47 PM

    Still don’t think the Jets will get much on the ground, but a decent play-action fake and McFadden and Mundy will get burned like the fatty that tuxbirds and ArtModellsPimp are sucking on right now.

  35. Deb says: Dec 17, 2010 3:09 PM

    Odd, odd comments today.

    @ArtModellsPimp …

    Congrats on getting back Colt. Think you’ve found your future but hope he’s not going to prove injury-prone as Matt Stafford seems to be. I remember last year’s meeting well. Do you remember this year’s? ;)

    @nyjalldamnday …

    Bless your heart! You must have forgotten the Jets’ last two games. Did you hit your head after one of their nasty coaches tripped you?

    @RexRyanCanCoach …

    Yes he can … so I’d never count them out.

    @tuxbirds …

    Silly comment. Ed has lost plenty of time to injury, too. Both great players. The Ravens have their own worries these days.

    With Troy out, Harrison can’t be quiet this week. They need to put mega-pressure on Sanchez so he can’t get into a rhythm with Tone–who’s going to want to shine for the old home crowd. Goodell can shove it. The defense has to play ball as it was intended. Two losses in a row–Jets will be looking for redemption. Can’t afford to lose the edge over Baltimore. We need that first-round bye.

  36. holeinone09 says: Dec 17, 2010 3:41 PM

    As with most Steeler games, it will probably be close until the fourth quarter. Hopefully, the offense will find the red zone momentum they seem to have between the 20 yard lines. If that happens, Steelers could beat the Jets by a wide margin since they are due for some offensive explosion. They have too much offensive talent to continue with the scoring drought. Meanwhile, Steelers should be able to stop the Jets running attack like they do every other team, and make Sanchez pass, which he isn’t in the top of the league. Steeler DBs need to play well.

    GO STEELERS!!

  37. feedtheshroom says: Dec 17, 2010 4:50 PM

    ArtModellsPimp
    hahah, yeah and then fumble. Hillis could run through the first line of defense. And Hillis is your Iron man, WOW 6 fumbles this year

  38. feedtheshroom says: Dec 17, 2010 4:53 PM

    ArtModellsPimp
    Troy is the best at his position in the league. Hillis isn’t even the best in the AFC North, I would still take Ray Rice over him.

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