The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday night that Troy Polamalu would play this week against the Bengals despite suffering two “concussion-like” concussions over the last six weeks.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin essentially confirmed the story Tuesday. Tomlin said he was “confident at this juncture” that Polamalu would be able to suit up Sunday.
“All things are positive,” for Polamalu, according to Tomlin.
The safety still has to pass concussion tests later in the week to be cleared. Tomlin also expressed optimism that linebacker Lamarr Woodley would play.
“We like where he is,” Tomlin said.
A Steelers win over the Bengals would eliminate any realistic hopes Cincinnati has for winning the AFC North.