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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.

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27 Responses to “Steelers lose Polamalu, take halftime lead”
  1. ahostiletakeover says: Nov 27, 2011 10:32 PM

    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. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 27, 2011 10:37 PM

    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. dondiraider says: Nov 27, 2011 10:40 PM

    Too many amazing athletes just dont play smart!

  4. rarson says: Nov 27, 2011 10:49 PM

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

  5. ballsoharduniversity says: Nov 27, 2011 10:52 PM

    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

  6. 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. 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

  7. king5fan says: Nov 27, 2011 11:04 PM

    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 …”
    ————————————————–
    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!

  8. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 27, 2011 11:07 PM

    Another concussion? If he played for any other team, he would be done for the year.

  9. aljack88 says: Nov 27, 2011 11:10 PM

    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.
    ————————————————————

    and where is Bob Sanders today?

  10. burm61 says: Nov 27, 2011 11:10 PM

    I respect the hell out of the Chiefs tonight.

  11. tjacks7 says: Nov 27, 2011 11:21 PM

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

    ————————-

    Better not call your wife, Troy!

  12. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 27, 2011 11:25 PM

    And a hearty goodnight to all our Raven fan friends who stayed up and got sucked in thinking the Chiefs were gonna pull this one out.

    Have a safe trip home.

  13. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 27, 2011 11:26 PM

    Dwayne Bowe is a chump. If I were Palko, Bowe and I would be having some words in the locker room.

  14. nattypoes says: Nov 27, 2011 11:26 PM

    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.

  15. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 27, 2011 11:30 PM

    The Steelers are so much more fun to watch with Polamalu out there! Missed him in the second half!

  16. drtanap says: Nov 27, 2011 11:32 PM

    Per NFl rules, shouldn’t Polamalu be in the locker room? Why does the NFL have concussion rules if they don’t enforce them?

  17. buckifan4life says: Nov 28, 2011 12:07 AM

    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.

  18. buckifan4life says: Nov 28, 2011 12:10 AM

    @ 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…

  19. firedup1 says: Nov 28, 2011 12:12 AM

    The Chiefs D was awesome….the offense was brutal to watch.

  20. dbellina says: Nov 28, 2011 12:24 AM

    Guess he should use more Head& Shoulders next time.

  21. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 28, 2011 12:33 AM

    nattypoes says:
    Nov 27, 2011 11:26 PM
    Is ampatsisahypocrite complaining about the officiating even when they’re winning?
    ———————————————————

    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.

  22. 8man says: Nov 28, 2011 5:31 AM

    I hate the Steelers!

  23. joetoronto says: Nov 28, 2011 5:59 AM

    He got a knee in the back of the head, concussion all the way.

  24. dickroy says: Nov 28, 2011 7:17 AM

    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.

  25. chetwynnr says: Nov 28, 2011 7:53 AM

    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.

  26. koenig61 says: Nov 28, 2011 9:15 AM

    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.

  27. dickroy says: Nov 28, 2011 10:52 AM

    @ 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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