When the Jets beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh last month, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu didn’t play, due to an ankle injury. As they prepare for a postseason rematch, Polamalu is still dealing a lower leg injury.
Polamalu missed practice on Wednesday, according to the first official injury report of Championship Week. But now the injured area is his Achilles’ tendon.
Also out for the Steelers on Wednesday were safety Will Allen (knee), receiver Arnaz Battle (illness), and cornerback Bryant McFadden (abdomen).
Practicing on a limited basis was defensive end Aaron Smith, who suffered a triceps injury during the regular season, and who has missed 11 total games with the injury.
For the Jets, linebacker Jason Taylor sat out with a concussion. Coach Rex Ryan said, in comments distributed by the team, that Taylor has been cleared, and that he’s expected to practice on Thursday.
Practicing on a limited basis were cornerback Drew Coleman (knee), safety James Ihedigbo (knee, ankle), cornerback Darrelle Revis (hamstring), and receiver Brad Smith (groin). Smith missed the division-round game against the Patriots due to the groin injury, which he suffered in the wild-card game against the Colts.
Fully participating in practice were cornerback Antonio Cromartie (groin), defensive tackle Mike Devito (neck), receiver Santonio Holmes (quadricep), center Nick Mangold (shoulder), defensive tackle Sione Pouha (back), and quarterback Mark Sanchez (right shoulder).