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Polamalu misses practice on Thursday, too

Troy Polamalu

When Steelers safety Troy Polamalu missed practice on Wednesday with an Achilles’ tendon injury, most shrugged.  After all, he missed practice last Wednesday, before Saturday’s division-round game against the Ravens.  Then he practiced on Thursday, and then he played on Saturday.

This week, Polamalu didn’t practice on Thursday.

Though there’s still no reason to think he’ll be unavailable come Sunday, it’s somewhat alarming that, five days after the team’s last game, Polamalu wasn’t able to practice.

Coach Mike Tomlin has said that Polamalu is expected to participate on Friday, and to play on Sunday.

Also missing for the Steelers on Thursday were the other guys who were missing on Wednesday:  safety Will Allen (knee), receiver Arnaz Battle (illness), and cornerback Bryant McFadden (abdomen).

Defensive end Aaron Smith (triceps) participated on a limited basis, but he reportedly won’t play on Sunday.

All Jets practiced Thursday.  Cornerback Drew Coleman (knee), safety James Ihedigbo (knee, ankle), cornerback Darrelle Revis (hamstring), receiver Brad Smith (groin), and linebacker Jason Taylor (concussion) participated on a limited basis.

Fully participating 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).

The Jets and the Steelers play on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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38 Responses to “Polamalu misses practice on Thursday, too”
  1. jcjets says: Jan 20, 2011 10:37 PM

    Uh ohhhhh.

  2. snaponrules says: Jan 20, 2011 10:41 PM

    I am no steeler fan so I don’t know about how often their guys play throughout the year.
    Is it me, or does this guy miss a bunch due to injury?

  3. xtb3 says: Jan 20, 2011 10:58 PM

    All this praise on ESPN today for Polamalu was as if they all missed him completely fan on one on one tackles and at least twice in the Ravens game last Saturday. He is hurting bad and not the same player right now.

  4. Deb says: Jan 20, 2011 11:02 PM

    You win, Mike. You have my attention. But as long as Tomlin says he can play Sunday, I won’t worry. Much.

  5. andyprough says: Jan 20, 2011 11:03 PM

    He practices on Fridays dude. What’s your problem?

    I guess if you pay no attention to the playoffs, I shouldn’t guess you would have any idea what’s going on with the injury reports

    Did your season end with Tom Brady’s on Sunday? Seriously, pull your head out Mike

  6. villagoo says: Jan 20, 2011 11:06 PM

    Polamalu hasn’t practiced all season, everyone in the world knows he’s suiting up on Sunday, why act like this is a big deal or that “he can’t practice?”

  7. freedomispopular says: Jan 20, 2011 11:24 PM

    Just imagine what it’ll be like if they actually add two more regular season games.

  8. dvnelson72 says: Jan 20, 2011 11:34 PM

    Can he take one for the other 31 teams and play long enough to lay out Rex? Please.

    Using the Jets’ logic, it wouldn’t be a penalty b/c there is no rule against it. Right Westhoff/Alosi?

  9. JohnnySinns says: Jan 20, 2011 11:35 PM

    This dude is becoming the Matt Hasselback of defense.

  10. rman726 says: Jan 20, 2011 11:36 PM

    villagoo:
    I think it has more to do with the fact that Polamalu looked like crap (relative to the lofty standards we have come to expect out of Polamalu) on Saturday. That was after he didn’t practice last Wednesday, and then came back to practice on Thursday.

    Finding out that he did not practice on Thursday would lead one to infer that not only did his injury not improve, but looks like he instead might have taken a step back… THAT is the concern. I would be shocked to see him not play on Sunday, but how high of a level he is able to play is significant.

  11. dirtdawg55 says: Jan 20, 2011 11:46 PM

    This would have been news if not for the fact Tomlin said on Monday he would miss practice other than Friday while still expecting him to play Sunday.

    This was planned all along. He is clearly dinged up and practicing at this point can only serve to potentially aggravate the injury. On Friday he can do what amounts to a walkthrough with little risk and still be prepared for the game Sunday. Is it ideal? No. Does it mean it’s a big problem? Ah, no.

  12. bpearse230 says: Jan 20, 2011 11:48 PM

    c’mon man we’re talking about practice…. not the game…. not the game…. practice…. talking about practice man.

  13. heyzeus143 says: Jan 20, 2011 11:54 PM

    he’ll be fine

  14. mataug says: Jan 20, 2011 11:54 PM

    Polamalu, Reed, Sanders… my son’s never gonna play the safety position for sure!

  15. bleedblue18 says: Jan 21, 2011 12:12 AM

    Dude got run over by Ray Rice going to the endzone lastweek. Great player but did not look like his old self. Seems to be injured alot last couple yrs.

  16. steelyjoegee says: Jan 21, 2011 2:23 AM

    Snapon & Johnny – The reason you have that incorrect prespective of TP being oft hurt is because the media makes such a big deal about any small injury he ever has.

    Actually the belief that Troy is always hurt is pretty off base.. Over his first 6 seasons in the NFL he only missed 8 of 96 games. Last year he dealt with nagging knee injuries because of a freak play in week 1 vs Tenn where I believe it was Crumpler who rolled up on the side of his leg during a blocked FG. He ended up missing 11 games. For someone his size that plays like a maniac and fearless i can forgive him for having one season out of 8 where he missed serious time.

  17. bennybob says: Jan 21, 2011 4:20 AM

    Polamalu has been taking Wednesday and Thursday off for over a month. He only practiced last Thursday because as the game was on Saturday, last Thursday was the regular Friday practice. He’ll practice Friday and play on Sunday.
    This is a non-story as is most of the crap you post about the Steelers in order to generate page views.

  18. rangenius says: Jan 21, 2011 6:40 AM

    I love the Steelers team, they are tough. But the fans are pansies, they whine that Polamulu and Heath Miller didn’t play when Jets dominated them week 16. Well guess what, the Jets were missing their top safety Jim Leonard, starting tackle Damien Woody and Kris Jenkins all year. Yet Rex Ryan still finds ways to beat the Colts and Patriots. Quit your excuses Steeler fans… lamest fans in the league…

  19. webringpain says: Jan 21, 2011 7:00 AM

    Well Troy hasn’t practiced on a Thursday for a game being played on a Sunday all season . Do alittle research 1st before making any assumptions . Only reason he did it last week cause the game was on a Saturday . He will practice Fri. and play on Sunday you just made a story out of nothing !

  20. krow101 says: Jan 21, 2011 7:15 AM

    I don’t blame him for being scared of the Jets.

  21. mrbuckles says: Jan 21, 2011 7:18 AM

    The dude has a strained achilles – these injuries are famous just like turf toe for not going away during a season. The Steelers rest him every week like this. This is another example of PFT erring on the side of hyperbole to get page views for much of their “news” is out and out speculation with a 500 batting average if that.

    That said, he will play but his impact is hard to read. I think he is hurt enough that he was run over twice last weekend for he will hit but he doesn’t want to wrap up and drive his feet through a tackle for fear of aggravating his achilles. (that’s my speculation)

  22. rman726 says: Jan 21, 2011 7:21 AM

    I realize you Steelers fans have to support your team and are going to look at this situation as glass half full by default, but please before posting another bash on Mike, go watch the highlights for the divisional round game. Troy Polamalu was a non-factor… period.

  23. webringpain says: Jan 21, 2011 7:25 AM

    Oh btw rangenius when did this domination occur? it was 22-17 jets ! total yards Pitt 377 NYJ 276 Rushing Pitt 146 NYJ 106 this place is full of bogus info.

  24. deanvernonwormer says: Jan 21, 2011 7:34 AM

    For most of the season Polamalu has been an overrated non-factor. So will be the case on Sunday

    Jets 24
    Steelers 17

  25. joetoronto says: Jan 21, 2011 7:35 AM

    The guy is obviously hurting pretty bad, I don’t think we’ll see him in the box much at all this Sunday.

  26. geezohman says: Jan 21, 2011 7:52 AM

    waaaaa…. (I had the FIRST post last night when they first posted this at 10:20 pm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I cut on PFT about posting this at that time (hours after practice is over !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    then I made a joke … oh no… Troy… you got caught washing your hair with Dove shampoo !

    Steelers….. 17
    Jets………… 10

  27. maddog111 says: Jan 21, 2011 8:15 AM

    Huge Troy fan, but he definitely was not right last week. Here’s hoping it was just rust and he’ll be himself this weekend. He just seemed a step slow and took some bad angles. I’ll definitely feel better if he practices today though.

  28. steeelfann says: Jan 21, 2011 8:20 AM

    rangenius says: Jan 21, 2011 6:40 AM

    I love the Steelers team, they are tough. But the fans are pansies, they whine that Polamulu and Heath Miller didn’t play when Jets dominated them week 16. Well guess what, the Jets were missing their top safety Jim Leonard, starting tackle Damien Woody and Kris Jenkins all year. Yet Rex Ryan still finds ways to beat the Colts and Patriots. Quit your excuses Steeler fans… lamest fans in the league…
    ______________________
    To Nogenius:

    1. Jim Leonard is not Polamalu, so who cares?
    Leonard is easily replaceable, hamburger/cheeseburger

    2. Why are you talking about Jenkins and Woody? If that is in conversation, we do not have Aaron Smith, and unblockable beast (Farrior says he is best he ever played with) at defensive end, and, both of our starting offensive tackle are out for the year (LT Starks, RT Colon).

    Your team is still going down, by the way. You were outplayed last game in almost every facet. You won’t get a kick return this time, and Sanchez is going to get beat up badly.

  29. righthereisay says: Jan 21, 2011 8:36 AM

    Wow. McFadden still not practicing. His replacement (William Gay) couldn’t do anything at cornerback last year. This should be the top story.

    As for Polamalu, he doesn’t like to practice. I think Tomlin lets him off the hook a little too much. But then again, he sucked against the Ravens.

  30. chapnastier says: Jan 21, 2011 8:46 AM

    He is probably hiding after whiffing on tackles diving head first. This guy is a ball hawk that is for sure but I think he is an overrated tackler. He makes some huge hits don’t get me wrong, but Ray Rice proved more than once last weekend that he can’t tackle a powerful back because he launches without the intent to wrap up. The guy is the best cover safety in the league aside from Ed Reed but he would be the best safety ever if he knew how to tackle.

  31. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 21, 2011 8:55 AM

    No polAmalu = no more wins

  32. maddog111 says: Jan 21, 2011 9:01 AM

    chapnastier says:
    Jan 21, 2011 8:46 AM
    He is probably hiding after whiffing on tackles diving head first. This guy is a ball hawk that is for sure but I think he is an overrated tackler. He makes some huge hits don’t get me wrong, but Ray Rice proved more than once last weekend that he can’t tackle a powerful back because he launches without the intent to wrap up. The guy is the best cover safety in the league aside from Ed Reed but he would be the best safety ever if he knew how to tackle.
    ————————————————-
    You couldn’t be farther off base there. You claim he’s a big hitter who doesn’t tackle correctly. The is pretty much the excact opposite of the way he plays. You never really see him blowing people up. He closes fast, makes form tackles, and brings the guy down on the spot. He was obviously not right last week. Taking bad angles because his speed is not there, trying to tackle powerful runners on basically one leg. He’s hurting. Hopefully another day off will help him

  33. MovieGoober says: Jan 21, 2011 9:27 AM

    Mike Tomlin said on Monday, “We’ll limit Troy like we always do. If we error, we’re going to error on the side of caution. We’ll make sure we have him out at Heinz Field, Sunday at six.”

    I don’t think his injury has gotten worse.

    As far as Troy missing tackles, that happens. He’s a risk taker, and sometimes whiff on plays. Any Steeler fan who’s watched his career knows he is injury prone and sometimes just goes flying right by plays.

    He makes up for with spectacular plays, in critical situations.

  34. masteel says: Jan 21, 2011 9:45 AM

    Um …who said it was easy to tackle Ray Rice – he is an exceptional back when he catches the ball, if anyone has seen a scouting report it literally says he will “catch the ball and make the first defender miss” …….Polomalu isn’t 100% so he missed a tackle.

    Don’t you think its funny how high a standard he is being held that he gets goofed on abouting missing a tackle or two. Wow. He is a playmaker and a difference for the Steelers no doubt. And I agree that by now with the entire regular season being over why does someone of his caliber (if he is playing thru an injury) should have time to rest this will give him and the team a player that will be fresh and physically able to produce like were all used too …if we win. He will have two weeks and be a beast in the Super Bowl !!!

    GO Steelers !!!

  35. Steeler's Will says: Jan 21, 2011 9:52 AM

    chapnastier says:
    Jan 21, 2011 8:46 AM
    “He is probably hiding after whiffing on tackles diving head first. This guy is a ball hawk that is for sure but I think he is an overrated tackler. He makes some huge hits don’t get me wrong, but Ray Rice proved more than once last weekend that he can’t tackle a powerful back because he launches without the intent to wrap up. The guy is the best cover safety in the league aside from Ed Reed but he would be the best safety ever if he knew how to tackle.”

    =====
    I agree 100 percent. He had me pulling what’s left of my hair out with that stuff on Saturday.

  36. Deb says: Jan 21, 2011 12:01 PM

    @rangenius …

    Making the observation that team dynamics are different is hardly whining. Polamalu has had a DPOY-worthy season, so his absence was worth noting. And since Miller’s backup twice dropped what would have been the winning TD, Heath’s absence was a big factor in that game. We didn’t even mention that we’ve been finding a way to get it done this year despite starting the season with our fourth-string QB and playing the entire year with third- and fourth-string o-linemen. I’d mention the oh-so-important Jets players you commented about, but can’t remember their names.

  37. masteel says: Jan 21, 2011 12:19 PM

    Wow – I totally forgot that Heath was out of that game with the concussion he suffered against the Ravens.

    That also will make such a difference for our team – Polomalu and Miller being on the field with their units. Say all you want about the pro bowl DB’s for the Jets – if and when Heath gets his chance at the ball he is SO good after the catch.

    It will be on Medenhall, Heath, and rookie WR’s to help us move the ball. Once Jets start to shift the D …that is when Wallace needs to bust one down the seam when he has one-on-one coverage!!

    Timmons & Clark will have to do things for us on D to slow & stuff the run. Than let Troy and Harrison work their mojo and rattle Sanchez!!

    GO Steelers !!!

  38. steelernation1 says: Jan 21, 2011 1:19 PM

    you know it gets old hearing jets fans run there mouth.oh we beat up on the steelers last time we played..you know what this isnt last time,this is next time.and i highly doubt the Jets can stay with the steelers this time.they didnt do a whole lot the last game look at the stats,steelers beat themselves by not stayin with the game plan.Heath Miller is gonna pose a big problem for the Jets D.

    also on TP issue?you know there are alot of athletes that do not practice and dont like to practice…for xemple,the great Roberto Clemente never ever practiced hated it.always playeds sick so he didnt have too,,but when it was game day he was the best rigth fielder in baseball….just an example dont get your panties in a bunch,i am sure there are alot of u that dont even know who that guy is anyway,hines ward doesnt practice every day either.why arent these clowns that make these stories post that,lol

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