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Polamalu out, Gamble doubtful for Thursday night

Troy Polamalu

The NFL has given us a couple of Christmas presents this year — a game on Christmas Eve eve and a game on Christmas night.  Though Panthers-Steelers and Cowboys-Cardinals is sort of like getting socks and underwear on Christmas morning, it’s the thought that counts.

What also counts are injuries, and a handful of them will impact the Thursday night game.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will miss his second straight game with an ankle injury, which will dramatically impact his run at the defensive player of the year award.  Though the team’s struggles without Polamalu would support an argument that he’s the defensive MVP, the award is player of the year, and if a guy doesn’t play the whole year it becomes harder to win it.

Also out for the Steelers are receiver Arnaz Battle (chest) and defensive end Aaron Smith (triceps).

For the Panthers, running back Tony Fiammetta is out with an ankle injury, and cornerback Chris Gamble is doubtful with an ankle injury.

Defensive end Tyler Brayton (hip) is questionable, and a half-dozen players are probable.

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7 Responses to “Polamalu out, Gamble doubtful for Thursday night”
  1. hobartbaker says: Dec 22, 2010 11:05 PM

    …and the poor guys who have to write up the injury reports say, “Aw crap, not Polamalu and Fiammetta on the same week.”.

  2. blackcatnfl says: Dec 22, 2010 11:46 PM

    Why on earth would this game have ANY impact on Polamalu being the defensive MVP? Its THE PANTHERS. Like sacking them 4 times and picking them off for 2 TDs would have any meaning. Your comment here is LUDICROUS. As if what you do in week 16 in a joke of a game would have bearing on your MVP status….

  3. Deb says: Dec 23, 2010 1:14 AM

    It’s a fair argument to make that Troy can’t be considered for defensive MVP if he’s not on the field. But he’s missed what … two games? Are you among those hawking Vick for league MVP? How many games has he missed? Isn’t it more than two?

  4. joetoronto says: Dec 23, 2010 8:12 AM

    That defense is a shadow of itself without Polamalu.

  5. 8man says: Dec 23, 2010 8:29 AM

    There is no way the team with the worst record in football goes into Pittsburgh and knocks off the Steelers, right?

    I wonder how long this will be a game…..

  6. bigdaddyraven says: Dec 23, 2010 10:40 AM

    Let’s go Panthers, let’s go!

  7. tombradyswig says: Dec 23, 2010 1:56 PM

    his hair hurts!

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