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Polamalu passes concussion test

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Steelers safety Troy Polamalu left Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with concussion-like symptoms.

On Tuesday, Polamalu reportedly passed a concussion test.  Even though he didn’t have a concussion.  (Actually, the team now concedes it was a “mild” concussion.)

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Polamalu is “good to go” for Sunday at Arizona.  “We anticipate him practicing tomorrow and moving on throughout the week like everyone else on our football team,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin also acknowledged that Polamalu, whose history of concussions at USC may have impacted his draft status a bit, used a cell phone after exiting the game to let his wife know that he was OK.

“He wasn’t checking his bank account,” Tomlin said.

As a result, Tomlin doesn’t think Polamalu will be fined.  But if that’s the rule then any player who suffers an injury can grab a cell phone and call his wife, mother, sister, father, brother, girlfriend, cousin, whoever to let them know he’s OK.  If an exception is made for one guy, then it needs to be made for everyone.

Feel free, Steelers fans, to gripe in the comments about my position on this, and to argue that a basic interest in consistency and fairness is, in reality, hatred of your favorite team.

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43 Responses to “Polamalu passes concussion test”
  1. boblavoie says: Oct 18, 2011 8:06 PM

    Hello Ma, it was a good fight but I lost . . .

  2. donterrelli says: Oct 18, 2011 8:08 PM

    Why you hatin’ on Polamalu? Herr Goodell will be checking his papers this week.

  3. kyleortonsarm says: Oct 18, 2011 8:09 PM

    Yeah sure. Vick “passed” his concussion test also on Sunday.

  4. heybeerman95 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:09 PM

    You are right but if he is fined he is fined. If he is not he is not. Don’t think it was right but who knows with Goddell.

  5. 92and94and51and56 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:12 PM

    No gripe here, Mike.

    Polamalu is a different kind of cat. He’s probably just one of a handful of guys out there who’d even think to call his wife to let her know he’s okay.

    Now what is this ‘consistency’ you speak of with regards to the NFL, exactly?

  6. scudbot says: Oct 18, 2011 8:12 PM

    Passed a concussion test, that’s good.

    Fined for calling his wife so she wouldn’t worry? Just one more reason to detest Goodell and what he has wrought.

    If I were a Steelers fan, I’d still be wondering though. Troy wore down in 2010 and it showed in XLV.

  7. flakazoid says: Oct 18, 2011 8:12 PM

    You’ll get no argument from me.
    Who cares what you think.

  8. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 18, 2011 8:15 PM

    Such a classy guy on such a dirty team.

  9. moredm says: Oct 18, 2011 8:24 PM

    I totally agree that he should be fined. whether he was calling his wife or not, there’s a rule in place. But the way things have been handled this week, fine-wise, who knows.

  10. daburgher says: Oct 18, 2011 8:27 PM

    I bet if he went to WVU you wouldnt care that he used a cell phone to call his wife.. whats the big deal anyway? Seriously, why does this make you miserable?

  11. redguy12588 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:28 PM

    Remember when you called the steelers out on James Harrison coming back into the game with a concussion? He must be really committed to the lie, he hasn’t played in weeks.

  12. chipwade says: Oct 18, 2011 8:42 PM

    Why is his, or other player’s, cell phone on the sideline? He could have just looked into the camera and side “I’m fine, Honey.”

    He should get fined. He probably knew it was coming too.

  13. nineroutsider says: Oct 18, 2011 8:44 PM

    Feel free, Steelers fans, to gripe in the comments about my position on this, and to argue that a basic interest in consistency and fairness is, in reality, hatred of your favorite team.
    ———————————————————
    Too funny…you should have asked them to talk about their rings, trophies, and starting their own league too. Those are the most worthwhile posts on PFT. It’s even better after the Steelers barely beat the Jags at home…

  14. cornellsteelers says: Oct 18, 2011 8:45 PM

    How about the NFL showing some consistency with the distribution of fines, Mike?

  15. jamson64 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:50 PM

    Is that the same “NFL Consistency” that led to no, nada, nein, zero flags last year when Ben got hit in the head three times in two games including one that rearranged his face putting his nose in his ear? That consistency? You know the whole deal about protecting the quarterback.

    Consistency ? Too funny. But yeh if it is the rule fine him . I suspect he can afford it.

  16. jamson64 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:51 PM

    ——808raiderinparadise says:
    Oct 18, 2011 8:15 PM——-

    From a Raider fan? Now that is rich.

  17. kosarsmyidol says: Oct 18, 2011 8:56 PM

    I’m surprised that there isn’t a system in place for teams to contact designated family members to inform them of a player’s status.

  18. nflfollower says: Oct 18, 2011 8:57 PM

    A passing grade means you reached your baseline score. A lot of these guys intentionally undershoot their potential (i.e., purposely answer wrong) on baseline testing to make a quicker return in the event they do get a concussion.

    Not smart, but hey, you’re naive if you think it’s not happening.

  19. flakazoid says: Oct 18, 2011 9:07 PM

    Yes.

  20. lionsfanatic84 says: Oct 18, 2011 9:09 PM

    Maybe he was calling to schedule a haircut

  21. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 18, 2011 9:12 PM

    my fantasy team appreciates this.

  22. flakazoid says: Oct 18, 2011 9:17 PM

    chipwade says:Oct 18, 2011 8:42 PM

    Why is his, or other player’s, cell phone on the sideline? He could have just looked into the camera and side “I’m fine, Honey.”
    ————————————————
    The doctor gave him a phone.
    If he was a Patriot it would be dismissed with a “but everybody does it.”

  23. maalea says: Oct 18, 2011 9:21 PM

    I’m sure that there were about 50 minions on the sideline that could have made the call for him.

  24. ravensman says: Oct 18, 2011 10:01 PM

    Rule or no rule; fine or no fine – obviously the man did what he thought he needed to do. I commend him for putting his family ahead of football and money. I don’t expect GODdell to show any decency, but this would be a good opportunity for him to show that he cares more about players than the fine money he collects.

  25. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 18, 2011 10:03 PM

    I think having a system in place to contact an injured player’s family is a great idea. Nothing complicated…just 1 contact name for each player on file with the training staff.

    I think the League is correct with it’s rule about cell phones being prohibited on the sidelines.

    Either way, Troy knew the rule and obviously thought it was worth the fine.

  26. supashug says: Oct 18, 2011 10:07 PM

    who the hell cares, he is mailing it in now anyway

  27. makosalad says: Oct 18, 2011 10:13 PM

    I have to say that i was quite surprised you ended your column like that. Am i to understand that you are routinely called out by steeler fans for a ‘mispercieved’ dislike of the team? You are entitled to your opinions! But from a standpoint outside the mainstream media and organized sports, i’ve seen little consistancy and fairness in the way of financial punishment handed out by the front office. This issue has been beaten to death in these threads. Hundreds, if not thousands of NFL fans can’t be wrong. while you are right in your quest for consistency and fairness, the league’s actions will just make your job harder. Fine Troy, keep it fair.

  28. jobotjones says: Oct 18, 2011 10:17 PM

    If an exception is made for one guy, then it needs to be made for everyone.
    _____________
    Yea because the NFL has shown such great success in evenly disciplining its workers…..give me a break.

  29. jobotjones says: Oct 18, 2011 10:20 PM

    Too funny…you should have asked them to talk about their rings, trophies, and starting their own league too. Those are the most worthwhile posts on PFT. It’s even better after the Steelers barely beat the Jags at home…
    __________
    Its week 7 and your team has a winning record for the first time in a decade to point…you really choose now to talk trash??

  30. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Oct 18, 2011 10:31 PM

    {If he was a Patriot it would be dismissed with a “but everybody does it.”}

    Nope. If he were a Patriot he would have emailed video of the other team’s signals from the phone. He failed!

  31. bbrophy1 says: Oct 18, 2011 10:45 PM

    If I learned anything from professional wrestling, athletes of Samoan descent are blessed with harder heads than the rest of us, so I’m not buying the concussion thing.

  32. drakost says: Oct 18, 2011 10:47 PM

    I can’t imagine the league levying a fine against him. Nor could I imagine the league doing so to anyone in that instance. If they do, I can’t imagine it can be much.

  33. rexismybff says: Oct 18, 2011 11:05 PM

    Consistency? Admit it Mike – you were talking about his hair.

  34. nickster31 says: Oct 19, 2011 12:44 AM

    Die hard Steelers fan here, and he needs to be fined. Rules are the rules. No reason the trainer couldn’t have called his wife, or he could have gone to the locker room and called.

    Did you notice, even though Polamalu seemed ready to return to the game, including putting his helmet back on, that Tomlin did not let him return?

    Remember the James Harrison issue, and you accusing him of having a concussion and the Steelers allowing him to go back into the game? In a game where Jacksonville could have won on the last drive, the Steelers kept the Defensive POY on the bench, even though he probably could have returned.

    Looks like the Steelers made you look bad again!

  35. sundog05 says: Oct 19, 2011 2:54 AM

    I agree with the fine. Unless there is a legitimate emergency, mobile devices have no place on any professional playing surface.

  36. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 19, 2011 6:26 AM

    By all means please clear him to play after less than a week.

    I mean, who cares if by resting him for a few weeks it may spare him serious health problems or even death in 20 years.

    After all, what good is he once he’s too old to play anymore? I’m sure their fans don’t honestly care if he doesn’t live to see age 60…

  37. Steeler's Will says: Oct 19, 2011 7:28 AM

    Eh, fine him. I’m sure he knew it was a possibility, but didn’t really give a hoot.

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Oct 19, 2011 6:26 AM

    “I mean, who cares if by resting him for a few weeks it may spare him serious health problems or even death in 20 years. ”
    ————————
    lol. I bet you WOULD like to see him sit for a few weeks, but it’s probably not because of your overwhelming concern for his safety. ;)

  38. steelerfan999 says: Oct 19, 2011 8:24 AM

    HE WAS CALLING WARREN SAPP TO TELL HIM THAT THE OLD,SLOW AND DONE DEFENSE IS RANKED NUMBER 1 IN THE NFL.

  39. latrobe21 says: Oct 19, 2011 9:05 AM

    Of course Troy would pass the test. That mop on his head, when it’s not too soft from using the Head and Shoulders, acts like a second helmet, giving him double the protection from concussions.

  40. buckfigben says: Oct 19, 2011 9:22 AM

    as many concussions as this guy had, he probably just thought the phone was a hair brush.

  41. steelersmichele says: Oct 19, 2011 11:08 AM

    makosalad says: I have to say that i was quite surprised you ended your column like that.

    Me, too. Usually it’s a fun, sarcastic remark, but this was truly bitter. Not sure if he’s still upset that he looked stupid for the Harrision-concussion post, he’s tired, or his wife told him no.

  42. dontlikecravens says: Oct 19, 2011 12:12 PM

    Hey Mike, I can’t disagree with you regarding consistency. I think you also cannot disagree with me that the last thing about the league is consitency in handing out “punishment” and fines. If somone could figure out the algorithm the league uses to determine that, they’d probably own Wall St.

    On a similar note, I don’t necessarily think you hate the Steelers, just Ben.

  43. steelerdynasty2010 says: Oct 20, 2011 7:33 AM

    do you see what roger has turned this league into? everybody’s got an opinion on who gets fined and for what? is that really where the discussion of the modern football era should be going? is this really such a dominant topic that this many people care whether or not an injured player (who didnt even return to the game) used a cell phone on the sideline? yes, mora was fined for it, he’s a coach and it frankly looked rather tacky for a NFL Head Coach to be chatting it up on his cell phone on the sideline DURING A GAME HE WAS COACHING. joe horn was fined because he used it as a prop in a celebratory, and premeditated manner.

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