Steelers lose Polamalu, take halftime lead

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The Steelers lead the Chiefs 13-6 at halftime Sunday night despite an inspired effort by the Chiefs defense.

Kansas City’s defense has done a nice job surviving three Tyler Palko turnovers, keeping the Chiefs in the game.

Pittsburgh can’t be thrilled with their inefficiency, but they also can’t be too scared of Palko pulling off a comeback in the second half.

The Steelers lost Troy Polamalu early to injury after he took a blow to the head. Pittsburgh, as is their usual policy, haven’t said he has a concussion.

Still, Polamalu has been on the sideline with his helmet off and seems sure not to return to the game.

Watch the SNF Extra in the second half and chat with Florio right here.

UPDATE: Polamalu will not return, per NBC’s Michele Tafoya.  It appears Polamalu suffered a concussion.

27 responses to “Steelers lose Polamalu, take halftime lead

  1. I respect the hell out of Polamalu’s tenacity and passion for sticking his nose in there every play, but what did he think was gonna happen going low and getting crushed by a 6’6 295 lb o-lineman turned receiver? Dude will be lucky to play another 2 years the way he punishes his own body.

  2. There’ve been so many flags thrown on the Steelers tonight I’ve lost count. But bring on the typical predictable “Steelers getting all the calls” crowd.

    And remember, Ravens fans, Tyler Palko is the guy Joe Flacco couldn’t beat out at Pitt.

  3. KC’s defense is stepping up, but the offense is nowhere to be found. This game will be on Palko’s shoulders.

  4. To be fair…this was the university of Pitt; palko isn’t anything anyone from Pitt should be bragging about n just in case you forgot flacco beat you guys twice this year last I checked…worry about KC and not ravens fans bc win or lose tn you’ll still be looking up in the standings

  5. Everybody talking about polamalu not playing smart needs to shut up. In the nfl, you need to take some risks, and that makes him great. Look at a lot of his highlights, they involve sacrificing his body. An example? Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Last year, he kicked butt as he was running around the field with aggresion and wildness, and produced. He calmed down this year, and as you watch him you dont see the same aggretion. He has NOT been great this year. In other words, plays like at are what make polamalu great, even if it involves the risk

  6. Re: “Steelers lose Polamalu, take halftime lead”

    ” …Pittsburgh can’t be thrilled with their
    inefficiency, but they also can’t be too scared
    of Palko pulling off a comeback in the second
    half.”

    “…The Steelers lost Troy Polamalu early to
    injury after he took a blow to the head. ”

    “…Watch the SNF Extra in the second half …”
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    So NBC Sunday Night Football has an all-star broadcast team (Michaels, Collinsworth, Patrick, Dungy, Costas, etc.) but who hit them on the head to cause their amnesia? The “half-time highlights” neglected to even verbally mention the score of the Seahawks-Redskins game (that was played today) nor show any (brief) highlights (there was just a small score later on, in the lower left corner of the screen).

    Needless to say, that is just BUSH-LEAGUE production by the NBC Sports Department/Sunday Night Football crew, and really detracts from the “complete image” that NBC Sports is (apparently) striving for during the “big game” on Sunday nights. So, SHAME ON THEM, I’M SURE NOT GOING TO WATCH THE SECOND HALF of their “second-rate” show (and probably not any future games on Sunday night, as well), regardless of which teams are playing.

    And that is an honest comment, from a fan whose team lost today!

  7. mvpolamalu says:
    Nov 27, 2011 10:52 PM
    Everybody talking about polamalu not playing smart needs to shut up. In the nfl, you need to take some risks, and that makes him great. Look at a lot of his highlights, they involve sacrificing his body.
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    and where is Bob Sanders today?

  8. Is ampatsisahypocrite complaining about the officiating even when they’re winning?

    And I suppose we’ll ignore that call on the fumble by Roethlisberger??? Ohhhhh only the calls that go against you are bad calls… Got it.

  9. Todd Haley has to be the worst head coach in the NFL. He kicks FG’s when they need a touchdowns, he doesn’t call timeout when the situation begs for it, he doesn’t know how to use Jackie Battle (a guy who is 230 and can run a 4.5). He’s trys to be too cute with his offense. Don’t blame it on Palko either, Haley has been bad all year. It’s too bad cuz their defense is pretty decent.

  10. @ Andre’s J

    Yeah, Bowe gestured with his arm (flagging it up) and then didn’t run the deep post. I’d be pissed at him too. Not that Palko would’ve got the ball to him anyway…

  11. nattypoes says:
    Nov 27, 2011 11:26 PM
    Is ampatsisahypocrite complaining about the officiating even when they’re winning?
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    Not complaining at all. There were plenty of flags to go around for both teams. Just responding to the typical “Steelers get all the calls” crowd that shows up here with the usual knee-jerk hater stuff. In other words, adding a little objectivity.

    Objectivity — look into it sometime.

  12. I love Polamalu, but I wish when he makes a tackle he would wrap up with his arms, instead of just flying in for the big hit.
    The art of tackling in the NFL is lost. Watch film of Lambert and Ham. They made big hits with their shoulders, arms wrapped around the player with their heads in front of the player. This made for few missed tackles.

  13. You’d think with all that wavy hair to help absorb the shock that it would be nearly impossible for Polamalu to get a concussion.

  14. Sometimes I wonder if people think before they post? I’m constantly reading posts from people talking about how defenders need to hit lower to avoid helmet to helmet contact. Then Polamalu goes low takes a knee to the side of the head and gets a concussion and people say “What is Troy thinking going that low on a tackle” And as far as singleing out Troy for not wrapping up on a tckle, a conservative estimate would be that 75% of defenders dont wrap up. Most defenders come in and try to knock a guy off his feet. Its been that way for years so lets not single out any one player as not knowing how to tackle properly. Its an epedemic in the NFL.

  15. @ koenig61

    I totally agree with you. No one wraps up anymore and there are more missed tackles because of it. Coaches don’t correct it.
    I only mentioned Troy because he is my favorite player and I hate to see it. You do make a good point.

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