Polamalu practices, but status for Sunday is unclear

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.

19 responses to “Polamalu practices, but status for Sunday is unclear

  1. If they can’t beat the Browns without Troy, it doesn’t matter.

    Let Troy rest. Take care of business tomorrow. Get ready to win 3 and get number 7. Go Steelers.

  2. Btw, missing games or not, how his he not in the league MVP discussion.

    Name another player who single handily “won” FOUR games for his team.

    ATL, BUF, CIN & BAL

  3. The most important thing is for the Browns to kick the crap out of the Stoolers, the Ravens to beat the Bungals and thereby become the AFC Noth Champions and earn a bye and a home playoff game and for the Stoolers to become the wildcard team.

    GO RAVENS

  4. 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.

    Duuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  5. When it is 17-0 Pitt after the 1st quarter rest him.. by the way waccoforflacco the Ravens have not been to Super Bowl in 10 years and do not expect to see them in a Super Bowl for a long time!

  6. “waccoforflacco”? Is that some kind of funny way of saying “I whack off for Flacco”? Not sure.

  7. Play him.

    Pittsburgh and its pet Hairball will both be limping into the playoffs.

    Play him.

    And, oh yeah…

    The Ravens suck.

  8. If they can’t beat the Browns sans Troy, they don’t deserve the second seed. Unfortunately, for the unbelievably still delusional Ravens fans, that’s a huge “if”.

    I wonder if Joe Flacco is still having nightmares about that amazing performance he put up against the Bungles earlier this year.

    Good luck with Peyton in the dome next weekend.

  9. pittsburghsteelerz says:
    Jan 1, 2011 12:38 PM
    Btw, missing games or not, how his he not in the league MVP discussion.

    Name another player who single handily “won” FOUR games for his team.

    ATL, BUF, CIN & BAL
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    LOL, talk about hyperbole. Considering he has one TD this year, the best he could have done is single handedly tied all those games since the one game he had a TD in, Cincinnati scored 7.

    At least one player still has done a lot more: Tom Brady.

  10. waccoforflacco says:
    Jan 1, 2011 12:43 PM
    The most important thing is for the Browns to kick the crap out of the Stoolers, the Ravens to beat the Bungals.

    GO RAVENS

    You should concern yourself with the Bengals. Now that the two prima donna receivers are out, all of a sudden Carson Palmer has his accuracy back. The Bengals are playing with pride.

    The Steelers don’t need to beat the Browns but they should without Troy playing.

    GO STEELERS!

  11. #nesuperfan says: Jan 1, 2011 4:15 PM

    “At least one player still has done a lot more: Tom Brady.”

    yeah, after that game in Chicago you gotta wonder how they’re cheating this year.

  12. @pittsburghsteelerz …

    My brother was saying the same thing over Christmas–that Troy should be in the discussion for league MVP, not just defensive MVP. But as we all know, the discussion for league MVP begins and ends with quarterbacks unless some RB has topped 2,000 yards. That’s an article I’d like to see on PFT. Why? Don’t get me wrong, I’m taking nothing away from what Tom Brady brings to the Pats. But there have certainly been years when defensive players should have been in the discussion.

    As for Troy playing, if he’s not 100 percent and we can win it without him, then he should sit out. I don’t believe in resting healthy players for the playoffs, but Troy isn’t completely healthy. However, I’d like him to be suited up so he can go in if needed. As he says, everyone needs that bye.

  13. rest Troy. no question: rest Troy. if he has to go in the wild card round, gun him. but better yet, have Troy and Aaron on board at home in round 2. protect Ben and limit turnovers. this is a complete no-brainer.

  14. @ ravensj5 –

    You need to check your NFL history, hoss. The Steelers went 16 years between Super bowls, XIV to XXX – even though they lost XXX. Years between wins was not quite 30 either, it was 26. Yeah, close to 30 I guess, but the time between the Ravens’ SB appearances was…..oh yeah.

  15. 3octaveFart says:
    Jan 1, 2011 6:57 PM

    yeah, after that game in Chicago you gotta wonder how they’re cheating this year.
    ________________________________

    Another loser. Thank you for playing.

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