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Report: Polamalu could sit out rest of regular season

Troy Polamalu

The Steelers host the Jets on Sunday, and they are expected to do so without their star safety Troy Polamalu.

The team’s defense did not play well without Polamalu last season, but they may have to get used to it for the rest of this regular season.   The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Polamalu could sit out Pittsburgh’s remaining three games before the playoffs with his Achilles injury.  He was limping noticeably late in last week’s game against the Bengals.

It sounds like the possibility has as much to do with logistics as caution.  Pittsburgh faces Carolina on Thursday Night Football in Week 16, and Polamalu may not be ready by then.   (They also may not need him against the Sons of Jimmy Clausen.)

In Week 17, the Steelers face the Browns in a game that could potentially be meaningless in terms of playoff positioning.  (Although a lot of things could happen to change that in the mean time.)

Polamalu has made big plays in the last three games, which has put him in the Defensive Player of the Year discussion.     But a slow start to the season (for him) and this injury late would seemingly ruin his chances.

The Steelers and Polamalu are more concerned about pointing towards the hardware you win on February 6.

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  1. sarahpalinhater says: Dec 18, 2010 12:10 PM

    It’s a smart move as stated. Even if the Jets beat Pittsburgh, it doesn’t help Baltimore at all. And Pittsburgh can and will easily beat Carolina, as well as Cleveland,,,who has struggled really bad as of late. So why risk it when Pittsburgh more likely has the # 2 seed wrapped up ?

  2. myspaceyourface says: Dec 18, 2010 12:15 PM

    This is unfortunate.

  3. myspaceyourface says: Dec 18, 2010 12:15 PM

    He finished the Bungles game with this injury, yet he can’t play the rest of the season?

    Interesting, Mr. Tomlin

  4. connie73 says: Dec 18, 2010 12:23 PM

    Steelers cry cry cry then he will play and run like nothing is wrong with him
    Same story every time someone is hurt
    I’s getting old lol

  5. dryheaveone says: Dec 18, 2010 12:33 PM

    and HERE WE GO AGAIN….let the process of the Jets BACKING INTO THE PLAYOFFS begin!!

  6. iamalwayscorrect says: Dec 18, 2010 12:37 PM

    troy is always hurt yet he always “toughs” it out against all odds to play. Just like Big Ben is always on death’s bed, broken down and barely able to breathe, yet come gameday there he is playing like nothing is wrong.

    Both of those drama queens need to give it a rest. My gosh you would think they realize that all people aren’t that gullible, just most Steeler fans

  7. bonesuggsnharmony says: Dec 18, 2010 12:42 PM

    I thought Samson couldnt get hurt as long as he kept his hair… whats wrong with this guy

  8. aintsfan says: Dec 18, 2010 12:45 PM

    Bob Sanders Jr?

  9. chc36 says: Dec 18, 2010 1:00 PM

    Sarahpalinhater: I wouldnt say that a loss doesnt help the ravens, if the steelers lose to the Jets and the Ravens win against the Saints then they are tied. The steelers hold the tiebreaker by number of division wins but if the Ravens win out and the steelers lose to either team the ravens are in. If the steelers win Sunday and but lose to the browns, the ravens can win the division.

  10. mborz says: Dec 18, 2010 1:08 PM

    connie73 said: I’s getting old lol

    ——-

    I’s agrees.

  11. jdandcoke says: Dec 18, 2010 1:17 PM

    have you seen the steelers record with palu out? im pretty sure they’re like 5-6 when he doesnt play. only sure win is against car. dont count on the #2 seed or the division being wrapped up if palu sits 3 games. baltimore will run the table if they beat NO tom.

  12. steeltownpride says: Dec 18, 2010 1:56 PM

    piece of cake .

  13. Deb says: Dec 18, 2010 2:07 PM

    Three rivers in Pittsburgh, connie. Pick one and take a leap. You won’t be missed.

    sarahpalinhater, you never assume you have a game sewn up until it’s over. Any team can beat any other team on any given Sunday. That includes Carolina. The Browns managed to beat the Saints and the Pats–two teams that slapped us down handily enough–with McCoy under center, and now he’s back.

    Yes, it’s more important to chase the hardware than the individual records. It’s also more important to get the bye for the whole team than to rest one player. If Troy is unable to play the last three games, then he has to sit. But he needs to return to the lineup as soon as he’s ready.

  14. jackhall00 says: Dec 18, 2010 2:25 PM

    His coach got him hurt by leaving him in a blowout game with 2 minutes left.
    Should not really matter as the Steelers probably won’t get out of the first round of the playoffs–they haven’t played all that great this season and could easily be 7-7 if not for some lucky wins.
    Anyway, he should be fine once he soaks it in some Head and Shoulders for a few days.

  15. ravensos says: Dec 18, 2010 2:33 PM

    It’s a shame to see all these playmaking safeties have such nagging injuries.. Ed Reed. Troy Polamalu, Bob Sanders.. I guess that’s what you get for being an elite athlete and throwing your body around early in your career.

  16. wtf2812 says: Dec 18, 2010 2:59 PM

    I’ve never seen someome who claimed to be a Steelers who actaully hates on the team more than connie. First she/he/it spews hatred on Ben Roethlisberger, then on James Harrison and now on Troy Polamalu.

    Call a spade a spade … connie, you probably aren’t even from Pittsburgh. You’re probably living somewhere near the Flats in Cleveland or some place. What a jerk.

  17. SteelTown6 says: Dec 18, 2010 3:15 PM

    mborz, I’s does too…

    LMAO

  18. shotgunformation5wide says: Dec 18, 2010 3:16 PM

    It’s a smart move in my opinion. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more players shut it down for the last two games of the season …especially if a playoff spot is clinched this week. It’ll give us a chance to see if the Will Allen acquisition was an upgrade over Tyrone Carter. How much Ryan Mundy has improved? The type of adjustments that will have to be made if Polamalu does happen to get injured in the playoffs.

  19. iamalwayscorrect says: Dec 18, 2010 3:21 PM

    wtf2812 says:
    Dec 18, 2010 2:59 PM
    I’ve never seen someome who claimed to be a Steelers who actaully hates on the team more than connie. First she/he/it spews hatred on Ben Roethlisberger, then on James Harrison and now on Troy Polamalu.

    Call a spade a spade … connie, you probably aren’t even from Pittsburgh. You’re probably living somewhere near the Flats in Cleveland or some place. What a jerk.

    ******************************************

    WTF??
    So if you are a Steelers fan that means you can not call out members of your favorite team for being drama queens?
    Just because you are a fan means you have to sit, watch, and listen to everything that each player does and you are not allowed to form your own intelligent opinion?
    So if you are a Steeler fan you basically are not allowed to have ANY thoughts that might be opposite of what the team wants you to think?

    Let’s call a spade a spade WTF…… you are a complete d!psh!t

  20. profootballwalk says: Dec 18, 2010 3:25 PM

    The guy makes a couple of plays, and suddenly he’s defensive Player of the Year. Maybe if he ever just stayed on the field, he might deserve consideration. There’s 50 guys in the league who bring more value through the year than this guy.

  21. halftermguv says: Dec 18, 2010 3:52 PM

    In light of facing Mark Sanchez, Jimmy Clausen, and Colt McCoy it is reasonable to rest him for the playoffs. Steelers will still win by shutting down the running game.

    Besides the Saints passing game will lead them to victory over the Ravens.

  22. holeinone09 says: Dec 18, 2010 4:00 PM

    I never ceased to be amazed at some of the haters’ comments here, especially when it comes to the Steelers. But this conrad person who claims to be a Steeler fan but bashes constantly is the biggest tool in the box. More like con man if you ask me. A pretend fan that bashes the team. LOL.

    Well, you can’t lost a player like Troy and there be no effect on the defense. Clearly, as the teams are playing now, the Jets pose the much tougher task than the Panthers or Browns, that is just the fact right now. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day so you still have to play the games.

    Hoping the offense finally gets rolling and put a lot of points on the board. That alone can make up for the defense not having Troy around.

    Troy, rest up for the playoffs, that is when we will really need you!

    GO STEELERS!!

  23. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 18, 2010 4:48 PM

    iamalwayscorrect says: Dec 18, 2010 12:37 PM

    troy is always hurt yet he always “toughs” it out against all odds to play. Just like Big Ben is always on death’s bed, broken down and barely able to breathe, yet come gameday there he is playing like nothing is wrong.

    Both of those drama queens need to give it a rest. My gosh you would think they realize that all people aren’t that gullible, just most Steeler fans

    —————————————————-
    the nfl mandates that each team release an injury report each week.

    reporters ask players questions about their injuries. players are required to interact with the media, particularly when they are asked a question.

    lots of players listed on the injury report end up playing in the game. This happens on EVERY team.

    The drama of playing through injuries is created by the media for people who actually take the time to analyze the validity of the reports and likely place bets based upon the injury report. I always thought this was common knowledge. apparently not….

    if you were an NFL player, would you broadcast your injuries with specificity? everyone who plays football (especially at that level) knows that pretty much everyone plays hurt in some way. To draw attention to any one area would just be dumb, even if you are doing it to “create drama”. if the injury is legit, what’s the logic behind drawing attention to it so it can be aggravated by your OPPONENT? to create drama? i have the utmost faith that you are not that naive.

    @shotgunformation5wide:
    i am also curious to see how well Will Allen plays. Jury is still out on Mundy. I hope he’s improved, we will need his help even if Troy is able to stay healthy.

  24. thatmulekicks says: Dec 18, 2010 5:07 PM

    Connie

    Go make some brownies and leave the talk about football to the boys.

    This is unfortuante but wise. The unfortunate part is that Troy is the only guy getting turnovers and making opportune plays on the D. Hopefully McFadden and Taylor have had their worst games and can move on (Ravens and Cincy respectively).

    Harrison and Woodley need to step up huge and get to the QB so that he can’t pick apart this already weak secondary.

  25. jamson64 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:26 PM

    *****profootballwalk said on Dec 18, 2010 at 3:25 PM
    The guy makes a couple of plays, and suddenly he’s defensive Player of the Year. Maybe if he ever just stayed on the field, he might deserve consideration. There’s 50 guys in the league who bring more value through the year than this guy.*****

    Really? You sound ignorant. Ask the players and ex-players what they think . You’re just silly.

  26. jamson64 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:35 PM

    SarahPalinHater…. get a new nic. You sound like a whack job.

  27. profootballwalk says: Dec 18, 2010 5:41 PM

    The Player of the Year can’t spend half the season on the sidelines – it’s very simple. And any player will tell you that. A few flashy plays impress fanboys – not players.

  28. thetooloftools says: Dec 18, 2010 5:46 PM

    Come on now !
    Just make him take a needle and trot him out there.

  29. Deb says: Dec 18, 2010 6:32 PM

    @thatmulekicks …

    Judging by the way he always talks out his backside–something like you’re doing–”connie” is probably a man.

    Perhaps you should go soak your head in a bowl of brownie batter and leave the football conversation to the grownups who’ve been talking here since long before you stumbled in.

  30. vincnann says: Dec 18, 2010 6:34 PM

    Rest Troy if that be the case. Look to the playoffs, and along with Aaron Smith’s return, the Steelers will be even better defensively!

  31. mborz says: Dec 18, 2010 6:52 PM

    profootballwalk says: The Player of the Year can’t spend half the season on the sidelines – it’s very simple. And any player will tell you that. A few flashy plays impress fanboys – not players.

    —–

    Half the season? Since you’re so smart, how about if you list the games Polamalu has started this year, and then count them, and see how much of the season they represent.

    Protest all you want, but he’s going to the Pro Bowl. And probably based solely on the criteria you’re claiming only “fanboys” care about.

  32. jamson64 says: Dec 18, 2010 6:57 PM

    profootballwalk says:
    Dec 18, 2010 5:41 PM
    The Player of the Year can’t spend half the season on the sidelines – it’s very simple. And any player will tell you that. A few flashy plays impress fanboys – not players

    1. That was not the argument-read your other posts again.

    2. Troy may miss 3 games. Last time I checked 3 was not half of 16.

  33. jamson64 says: Dec 18, 2010 6:58 PM

    “A few flashy plays impress fanboys – not players.”

    Well profootball walk I guess you would know.

  34. jeffa43 says: Dec 18, 2010 7:09 PM

    So the Steelers are great, and the brains are genious. Sit Troy… Get him and Aaron Smith back for Playoffs.

    Steelers took care of biz and now have options…

    A lot of hate toward the Steelers… I am guessing that means there is nothing positive to say about your team….

  35. sarahpalinhater says: Dec 18, 2010 7:15 PM

    Even though it may be true that any team can win on any given sunday, the odds are still in Pittsburgh’s favor even with Troy out. There were alot of reasons the steelers lost last season when Troy and Aaron Smith were out. One, they did not have Mcfadden back, and Gay was not a good starter. And also, Timmons missed 3 of those losses that Troy and Smith were out.

    As for the Browns beating both New Orleans and New England,,,yeah okay. But, did you ever consider that BOTH those games against Cleveland were the week before they each played the steelers. And were probably looking ahead of the Browns, and concentrating on us……Ya Think ?

    Carolina will be no problem at all, even without Troy. In fact, seeing as how bad the Jets offense has been, we might still win tomorrow against them. And if the Saints upset Baltimore,,,then the Cleveland game won’t even matter,,,and the steelers with have 18 days to rest the likes of Troy, and Ben, and anyone else before they play in round 2 of the playoffs. Trust me, the steelers at WORST will be 12-4, and will get a Bye.

  36. deebo92 says: Dec 18, 2010 7:17 PM

    profootballwalk says:
    Dec 18, 2010 5:41 PM
    The Player of the Year can’t spend half the season on the sidelines – it’s very simple. And any player will tell you that. A few flashy plays impress fanboys – not players.

    —-

    Yeah man I totally agree with you (Steeler fan). Sucks though hes gonna miss three games which isnt half the season and when he made the plays he did they changed the outcome of the game. Flashy, is a pick six when youre up 17. Polamalu has a pick six..strip sack when the game is on the line. PLEASE, tell me someone who deserves it over him. Also, just go home… youre clueless.

  37. deebo92 says: Dec 18, 2010 7:19 PM

    Oh and I want those “50 players” who bring more value to Troy Polamalu. You are talking out of youre other end.

  38. Bubby Brister says: Dec 18, 2010 8:03 PM

    “The Player of the Year can’t spend half the season on the sidelines – it’s very simple. And any player will tell you that. A few flashy plays impress fanboys – not players.”

    How is missing 3 games “half of the year”? If anything, it sounds like you’re describing overrated Ed “I play free safety and have a nose for the ball and make plays every once in a while because I spend the entire game in the same place and so I’m on Sportscenter a lot” Reed with that comment.

    Sit down and watch a few Steelers games sometimes and then watch some Ravens games. You’re a moron if you think Polamalu is just a few flashy plays here and there. Troy plays at pretty much every position on defense throughout the game and makes plays at every single one. Little things, coming in for run support and making a tackle for a 1 yard loss. Making up ground all the way across the field to turn a 20 yard gain into a 6 yard gain. Broken up passes. Not to mention intimidating the quarterback to the point where it usually makes them play more cautiously. You know, stuff that Ed Reed doesn’t do PLUS the game changer Sportscenter plays that you mention. Any player who plays against them would acknowledge this. If you had any idea how stupid you sound, you’d probably never comment on this site again out of embarrassment.

  39. ncoolong says: Dec 18, 2010 8:24 PM

    “…But a slow start to the season (for him) and this injury late would seemingly ruin his chances.”

    Slow start, Double-G?!? Two picks in two games, as well as being a contributing factor to a defense that thoroughly crushed its opponents in those two games is a good start for any player.

    Not to mention the fact his pick of Matt Ryan came late in the fourth quarter and almost got his team the win in regulation (stupid Jeff Reed), and the pick of Vince Young was in the end zone.

    Slow start??

    Big time players make big time plays, haters. Keep hating on him, but you’re a moron if you don’t recognize him as one of the best, if not THE best, defensive player in the game.

  40. blitzburg10 says: Dec 18, 2010 9:53 PM

    you have to be either so blind with steeler hate or be completely ignorant to imply that troy is only good for a few flashy plays…aside from great quarterbacks,nobody at any position has more impact on opponents game planning than this guy does.

    …he has to be accounted for on every play…..he impacts the opposing quarterbacks pre-snap reads…disrupts the oppostion running game,blocking schemes ,receiving routes,and is a major disruption for any offense from the first play of the game to the last

    …..ed reed and bob sanders are phenomenal players in their own right…but nobody does “everything” with the impact that polamalu does….and more often than not, he does it when the game is on the line..

  41. goldsteel says: Dec 18, 2010 10:46 PM

    And the hits just keep on coming. Troy will be missed on the field but the Steelers defense has to learn to adjust. They need to make plays without him. The Steelers had plenty of practice last year.

    GO STEELERS!

  42. mrhappy2000 says: Dec 18, 2010 11:39 PM

    @iamalwayscorrect

    Yes, Ben and Troy are always faking injuries – concussions, broken noses, knee tears, etc. It’s amazing how renowned specialists always corroborate with these fraudulent claims.

    I’d like to see Brady or Manning play through these types of injuries.

  43. iamalwayscorrect says: Dec 19, 2010 8:39 AM

    Mrhappy;

    The team doctor is exactly that. The TEAM doctor, emplyed by the TEAM. Do you think the doctor will say anything contrary to what the player or team wants him to say?

    Next dumb comment please

  44. macjacmccoy says: Dec 19, 2010 9:30 AM

    This guy is always injured. I dont care how good you play when your out there you gotta stay on the field. Makes you wonder about his toughness. He seems to be able to deal out but he’s starting to prove that when hes the one on the wrong side of the hit that he cant take it. He is turning into Bob Sanders.

    He seems to get injured at the worst times too. I’d rather have a guy whos not as talented but stays healthy on my team then a guy like Polamalu. Teams need consistency and your not going to get that if hes on your roster.

  45. macjacmccoy says: Dec 19, 2010 9:44 AM

    ravensos says:
    Dec 18, 2010 2:33 PM
    It’s a shame to see all these playmaking safeties have such nagging injuries.. Ed Reed. Troy Polamalu, Bob Sanders.. I guess that’s what you get for being an elite athlete and throwing your body around early in your career.

    Nah I guess thats what you get when you cant take a hit. Brian Dawkins has thrown his body around more then any player in football the last 15 season and he manages to be out there playing. Its all about heart. Reed, Sanders, and Polamalu are great players and do everything they can to win but once they get a little scratch they call it a day. I think its selfishness. If they arent a 100% and able to make all the big flashy plays they dont want to be out there. There more worried about keeping there elite status image intact then going out there and getting the job done and helping there team win even if they cant make the big hit, diving int, or 100 yard td return.

  46. macjacmccoy says: Dec 19, 2010 9:51 AM

    jamson64 says:
    Dec 18, 2010 5:26 PM
    *****profootballwalk said on Dec 18, 2010 at 3:25 PM
    The guy makes a couple of plays, and suddenly he’s defensive Player of the Year. Maybe if he ever just stayed on the field, he might deserve consideration. There’s 50 guys in the league who bring more value through the year than this guy.*****

    Really? You sound ignorant. Ask the players and ex-players what they think . You’re just silly.

    Silly ? I dont think there is a player in the league that would say you can play half a season and still deserve the award. Vick missed 3 games and thats why he wont win MVP. But Troy can win it after missing 8? No and if you think otherwise your the ignorant one.

  47. macjacmccoy says: Dec 19, 2010 10:01 AM

    blitzburg10 says:
    Dec 18, 2010 9:53 PM
    you have to be either so blind with steeler hate or be completely ignorant to imply that troy is only good for a few flashy plays…aside from great quarterbacks,nobody at any position has more impact on opponents game planning than this guy does.

    So your telling me people have to game plan more for Polamalu then say Desean Jackson? Andre Johnson? Chris Johnson? Adrian Peterson? Clay Matthews? Demarcus Ware? Darrel Revis? Nnamdi Asomughwa?

    Come on guy hes a safety. It doesnt matter how good a safety he is. That position doesnt effect an outcome of a game as much as a WR, RB, DE/OLB, or CB does.

    And by virtue of averages your arguement is wrong bc teams dont even have to worry about game planning for him half of time because hes injured. Come on guy you dont have to make ridiculous statements like that just to prove your a fan. We will still believe you like the Steelers even if your reasonable and dont make crazy comments like how a Steelers SAFETY impacts a coaches game plan more then any other player that isnt a superstar qb.

  48. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 23, 2010 7:30 PM

    macjacmccoy:
    “So your telling me people have to game plan more for Polamalu then say Desean Jackson? Andre Johnson? Chris Johnson? Adrian Peterson? Clay Matthews? Demarcus Ware? Darrel Revis? Nnamdi Asomughwa?

    Come on guy hes a safety. It doesnt matter how good a safety he is. That position doesnt effect an outcome of a game as much as a WR, RB, DE/OLB, or CB does.”

    thank you for confirming my suspicion. you sir, must not know as much football as you think you do. Safeties (even ones not named polamalu) must be accounted for and gameplanned on EVERY snap. They indicate coverage (sometimes set it), often walk down to become an extra defender in the box. QBs are taught to read the safety on EVERY SNAP. While the rest of the positions are important as well, Safety creates a whole different set of issues. I’ll use the players you named in your example:
    1. Desean Jackson, Andre Johnson – phenomenal receivers with great speed, bracket coverage will work against them MOST of the time. the biggest problem in your theory is that they play a dependent position (need someone else to get them the ball).
    2. Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson – RBs (another dependent position because they MUST have at least competent O-Line play in order to really shine. neither of those guys is Barry Sanders). stack the box (a relatively easy fix), put more players on the LOS than the offense can block and you can shut them down. (this creates obvious problems when scheming against a qb who can throw but we arent arguing the merits of one defensive strategy over another, just the kind of gameplanning that takes place)

    LBs (Mathews) and DEs (Ware) are often double-teamed (another easy fix) which will usually limit their effectiveness. LBs can also be forced to cover because of an offense’s formation and neutralize/limit his blitz calls and run stopping ability.

    CBs like Nnamdi and Revis are “shutdown corners” but that term is misleading. they shut down the person they are guarding. CBs earn that title because of their prowess in MAN coverage. in man coverage, you can only guard one person, leaving 5 others. and unless they are isolated on one side of the formation, they dont shut down one side or the other. they eliminate ONE receiving option. CBs are also rarely expected to help out in run support, making a double team unlikely and not worth it.

    Safeties on the other hand are free agents most of the time. you cannot devote a double team to him because his alignment. its much harder to force him into coverage if it is not already a part of the defensive call. THEY MUST BE ACCOUNTED FOR ON EVERY PLAY. this is greatly exaggerated when you have a Safety who plays at troy’s level.
    i’m here anytime you have questions

  49. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 23, 2010 7:31 PM

    @macjacmccoy:
    also, can you run through a quick list of games Troy has missed this year?

  50. blitzburg10 says: Dec 26, 2010 1:18 AM

    In response to macjacmccoy…..yes, Troy is a safety,but the guy has lined up at both corners ,inside linebacker,outside linebacker,,and defensive end at times..

    .You see,they utilize him everywhere because of his athletic ability,unbelievable closing speed….and incredible anticipation..

    Dick Lebeau has refered to him as a “football genius” His skills are unique,and the way he is used is unique….At least 4 quarterbacks this year ,when asked about preparing for the Steelers defense ,all said the first thing they need to find is #43,where he is at,and where he might be going….Of course you gameplan for those positions and guys you stated..

    But most of the time they are where they are supposed to be,and dont have the ok to freelance and rely on instincts and anticipation that Polamaulu has in Dick Lebeaus defense..

    Being a steeler fan has nothing to do with my opinion,other than the fact that I see every game either in person or on T.V…..The guy is a unique talent with freakish physical ability and is a true gamechanger…..I dont care who the hell he plays for..

  51. ravensos says: Jan 2, 2011 12:11 AM

    @Bubby Brister the idiot

    Yes i know this post is probably way too late. But let me know the last time Troy blocked a punt or returned a a punt/kickoff for a TD? As much as I love Ed, I don’t think one is better than the other, and it hurts to say that.

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