The final decision regarding Troy Polamalu’s status on Sunday will come down to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
After returning to practice Friday after three weeks off from an Achilles injury, Polamalu sounds ready to give it a try. But the Steelers have to balance whether it’s worth re-injuring their best player before the playoffs.
Polamalu’s teammate Ryan Clark believes Polamalu will suit up. The Steelers desperately want a playoff bye so that players like Polamalu can get more rest.
“It would help me tremendously,” Polamalu said via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It would help a lot of guys on this team tremendously. There’s guys that are just barely hanging on by a string, week by week. Unfortunately for me, that string broke and it’s time for me to tie it back up there again.”
Polamalu’s coach may not let him. Ryan Mundy has played well in place of Polamalu lately starting opposite Ryan Clark.
As important as Sunday’s game is to the Steelers, the smart play seems to be to try to win without Polamalu and get him back 100% for the playoffs.