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Tomlin informs Ryan Clark he won’t face Broncos

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn’t have to think too long about whether to play Ryan Clark in Denver this week.

The long-term safety of his player comes first, before any playoff game. Clark will sit this one out.

“I met with Ryan Clark and have informed him I am not going to allow him to play in this game,” Tomlin said Tuesday, calling it an “easy decision.”

Good for Tomlin. This is the type of decision that shows why players love Tomlin.

Clark expressed willingness to play in the game despite his sickle cell trait that caused a variety of health problems in 2007.  Clark lost his spleen, his gall bladder, and 30 pounds after the ordeal.

Tomlin planned to meet with medical professionals Monday. Clearly, they must have had reservations. The Steelers are already banged up at cornerback, where they announced the signing of Anthony Madison this week.

Looking at the bright side: The Broncos are the team you want to face if you are short on defensive backs.

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91 Responses to “Tomlin informs Ryan Clark he won’t face Broncos”
  1. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 3, 2012 12:41 PM

    Tebow asked God for some more help. This is God’s reply

  2. jimmer2372 says: Jan 3, 2012 12:42 PM

    Yes I said that yesterday.

  3. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jan 3, 2012 12:42 PM

    He told Clark to prepare for the Patriots next week, like the rest of the team.

    No need to worry about Tebow and his disciples.

  4. randomguy9999 says: Jan 3, 2012 12:43 PM

    Tebow’s throwing… they won’t need cornerbacks….

  5. phillybirds says: Jan 3, 2012 12:44 PM

    Ryan Clark is the real deal. I admire the Pittsburgh Steelers, and hope some day we have the kinda traditions they have in Philadelphia.

  6. southpaw2k says: Jan 3, 2012 12:45 PM

    I don’t like Ryan Clark much as a player because of his history of dirty hits (the hit he put on McGahee in the AFC Championship Game comes to mind), but I’m glad Tomlin has the guts to force him to sit. Playing in the Denver climate nearly killed him once before, and life is too short and precious to risk one’s life. The Steelers will need him more against the Patriots anyways.

  7. bettis3636 says: Jan 3, 2012 12:45 PM

    Even though id LOVE to have him for run support… his life is way more valueable then this game… this is a NO BRAINER for me!! See you in Baltimore Ryan!!

  8. dickroy says: Jan 3, 2012 12:45 PM

    I think it is a good decision. Risking getting hurt in a game is one thing. Risking your life is another.

    Go Steelers!!

  9. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Jan 3, 2012 12:47 PM

    A decisive, prompt, and correct decision. The mark of a good leader.

    Not a Steelers fan this week, but well done Coach Tomlin.

  10. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 3, 2012 12:47 PM

    Whoa, whoa, whoa Tomlin. Don’t be talking about actual health concerns on your team. Let’s stick to Bathroom Ben’s embellished injuries like his GRADE ONE ankle sprain (the mildest kind)…it helps make the sex offender seem more likeable. At least it works for the gullible bandwagon wearing black and gold.

  11. steelerfanjo says: Jan 3, 2012 12:47 PM

    If Clark was Tom Brady, the Pats fans would demand game be moved, hell Goodell would move it for Brady.

  12. wegonnadoitbaby says: Jan 3, 2012 12:47 PM

    Good call by Mike Tomlin, no matter who they happen to be playing. The guy’s a great head coach, yet he has never gotten the same kind of credit the previous coach did. He should.

  13. bravin4evr says: Jan 3, 2012 12:47 PM

    Wise decision, it won’t matter with what the Steelers”D” is going to do to Tebow. They may get life for assault…lol!

  14. hailvictory44 says: Jan 3, 2012 12:48 PM

    Looking at the bright side: The Broncos are the team you want to face if you are short on defensive backs.

    Very good point Gregg. Clark will be missed, but this would be a much bigger deal against ANY other playoff team.

  15. dickroy says: Jan 3, 2012 12:48 PM

    How about a history of hard hits, not dirty hits.

  16. bcjim says: Jan 3, 2012 12:48 PM

    Tomlin figures they can beat Tebow with 10.

    May as well rest Polomau as well for that matter.

  17. ebeg420 says: Jan 3, 2012 12:48 PM

    Playing him should’ve never been considered in the 1st place….

  18. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Jan 3, 2012 12:49 PM

    This is the right move on many fronts, primarily from a medical standpoint. That said, it does go a long way towards demonstrating just how well run an organization the Steelers are. And this is coming from a Ravens fan! See you guys in Baltimore on the 22nd!

  19. bluestree says: Jan 3, 2012 12:50 PM

    No brainer. Why risk it? They can beat Denver with Troy, Ike and six linebackers. It’s called the “Change for a Nickel”.

  20. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 3, 2012 12:55 PM

    @southpaw2k:
    dirty? really???? look at it again and you’ll clearly see mcgahee lower HIS head. unecessary i’ll give you, but dirty? not even close….

    haters will ALWAYS find a way and a reason to hate

  21. medtxpack says: Jan 3, 2012 12:55 PM

    The Broncos are this years Seahawks…

  22. objectivenflfan says: Jan 3, 2012 12:55 PM

    @ randomguy9999

    No they don’t need CB’s but they will need safeties (the position Clark plays) to load the box. He’s the leading tackler on that team. Denver is #1 in rushing and his presence will be missed when Denver runs the ball 15 straight times.

  23. falconsfan1991 says: Jan 3, 2012 12:57 PM

    Tomlin is the ultimate players coach. The guy really has his priorities in order. Good on ya

  24. getyourownname says: Jan 3, 2012 1:00 PM

    Good for Tomlin and Steelers for taking lead and not leaving it in hands of a player.

    I never knew sickle cell could cause such an effect. NFL could use this as an educational opportunity.

  25. tommyribs says: Jan 3, 2012 1:00 PM

    It’s a no-brainer. I believe that no organization in the NFL would allow one of their players to take a risk like this.

    Good for Tomlin for getting a clear understanding of the FACTS, and then not allowing to even be a consideration.

    Everyone on here reading this obviously loves the game of Football, we ALL share that in common, but this is really a no-brainer.

  26. sophiethegreatdane says: Jan 3, 2012 1:01 PM

    I’m surprised to hear the Steelers address Clark’s “sickle-cell like symptoms”

  27. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:03 PM

    @caseyanthonymunoz:
    how many times did you have to suit up and play a professional football game with the “mildest” kind of high ankle sprain? i’m sure all NFL players aspire to your level of toughness…especially Ben

    just because it’s the lowest grade doesnt mean it’s not hard or difficult to play on (if you notice, he DID play on it btw)…..if it werent a big deal, there’d be no need to “grade” it now would there? it would probably be referred to as a STRAIN instead of a SPRAIN if it werent that bad….

  28. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 3, 2012 1:03 PM

    As a Ravens fan I have to say I love Mike Tomlin. He seems tough and gritty and his team absolutely resembles that. I hate he is in Pittsburgh, but I do admire the guy.

    That said, all the praise on Tomlin for this decision seems a bit much. There was never a consideration here. 32 of 32 coaches in the NFL would have made this decision. And if they hadn’t, you don’t think Goodell steps in?

    Tomlin is doing a great job, but relax on the praise on this situation. He did the right thing, but it was also the only thing to do!

  29. godofwine330 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:03 PM

    Coach Tomlin is a stand-up guy. Coming from a Browns fan that is extremely tough to say. The best coaches we have seen have been 130 miles away if you don’t Marty Schottenheimer. Great coach, great guy.

  30. bmink18 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:04 PM

    Doc: “Defensive Backs? Where we’re going, we don’t need Defenseive Backs?”

  31. nightrain42 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:07 PM

    Easy call from a class coach and class organization!

  32. govtminion says: Jan 3, 2012 1:10 PM

    I’m the first to admit that Denver looks like they’re due for a pretty lopsided ass-kicking on Sunday, but… if the Broncos find a way to beat the Steelers, it’s going to be awfully amusing to look back on comments like these claiming “oh, we don’t need him after all, it’s just Tebow.” Pride goeth before the fall.

  33. citizenstrange says: Jan 3, 2012 1:11 PM

    Tebow has gotten 40 points in his last three starts so there isn’t a lot for the Steelers to worry about.

    Except that Roethlisberger has gotten 30 points in his last three starts.

    Forget the Broncos playing Quinn the Steelers should play Batch.

  34. stealthjunk says: Jan 3, 2012 1:13 PM

    I can’t believe this was even a debate so no congratulations from me to Tomlin. Look no further than this line about the last time he played in Denver and tell me WTF anyone who wants him to live would expect him to do it again: “Clark lost his spleen, his gall bladder, and 30 pounds after the ordeal.”

  35. broncosaddict says: Jan 3, 2012 1:13 PM

    @hailvictory44

    You are wrong.

    Its not just playoff teams, it would be a concern against ANY other team….NFL, College, HS….

    And I’m a broncos fan….

  36. ziggy26 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:14 PM

    Clark led with his helmet on the McGahee hit. However, watch the replay, he would have drilled McGahee in the chest until McGahee ducked his head.

    Ironically, an Ohio State safety went low on McGahee in a similar situation in college, and that hit destroyed McGahee’s knee.

  37. johntonioholmes says: Jan 3, 2012 1:15 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz

    A grade 1 high ankle sprain can cause ankle swelling for about 4-6 months.

    So it’s the mildest form of a sprain, but it’s a high ankle sprain, which have been known to have lingering effects long after they’ve healed.

    What I’m trying to say is, you don’t know anything about injuries, so why are you even commenting?

  38. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 3, 2012 1:18 PM

    Clark is a solid football player. But if the Steelers need him to beat the Denver Broncos in a playoff game then this “god” character is a lot more influential than I thought.

  39. sparty0n says: Jan 3, 2012 1:22 PM

    So here’s a question…. Do the medical teams test for this prior to the draft? In other words, could Denver wind up drafting a guy that couldnt even play in their home stadium?

  40. cowhawkfan says: Jan 3, 2012 1:24 PM

    I know it’s unlikely, but I hope Denver finds a way to pull a Seahawks like game and beat Pittsburgh. These loudmouth sanctimonious Steeler fans are annoying. I’d like to. Enjoy the playoffs without hearing their obnoxious and arrogant comments.

  41. johntonioholmes says: Jan 3, 2012 1:25 PM

    @southpaw2k

    That was a perfectly legal and clean hit. McGahee was a runner at that point. Not only that, but McGahee lowered hit head to deliver a blow as well.

    The hit highlights the ridiculousness of the “defenseless player” language in the rule. As a runner, McGahee was not defenseless, but he was just as capable of sustaining a concussion as any defenseless player. Furthermore, Clark was just as likely to sustain a concussion after taking the hit from McGahee.

    Why are only certain positions protected from vicious hits? Probably because the league is only concerned with the appearance of player safety, and not actually concerned with the players’ health.

  42. CKL says: Jan 3, 2012 1:29 PM

    I just wanted to say that picture is perfect for the story. I can just picture Clark in Tomlin’s office, Tomlin tells him the news, then Clark gets that exact look of surprise on his face.

  43. ravenator says: Jan 3, 2012 1:32 PM

    who cares both teams are the quality of one and done. patriots versus the ravens in the afc championship book it

  44. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Jan 3, 2012 1:34 PM

    Polomalu makes Clark’s presence in the Broncos game unnecessary, and Tomlin will let him play with “concussion-like symptoms” until his brain is mush. Yay, good for Coach Epps.

  45. johntonioholmes says: Jan 3, 2012 1:37 PM

    Clark is a big loss in this game.

    Pittsburgh routinely plays down to the opposition. Tebow will make enough plays to keep Denver in the game, largely because Roethlisberger is still immobile and Denver has a decent D.

    I’m a Steelers fan, and while I acknowledge that Denver doesn’t even have any business being in the playoffs, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Pittsburgh come in and embarrass themselves, like they have against inferior teams in the last few weeks.

  46. jessethegreat says: Jan 3, 2012 1:37 PM

    Clark is an excellent safety and a probowl level player. Against another team, his experience would be missed, but Tomlin has the right idea in sitting him so he can be more healthy for their next opponent.

    Just start another linebacker in his place to help defend the run against Denver. Only one safety should be needed against their vaulted passing attack.

  47. xxpatsxx says: Jan 3, 2012 1:39 PM

    steelerfanjo says:
    Jan 3, 2012 12:47 PM
    If Clark was Tom Brady, the Pats fans would demand game be moved, hell Goodell would move it for Brady.

    ===========

    Hey geniusjo, Brady would have won home field advantage and not have to worry about going to Denver.

    On a serious note, good decision by Tomlin.

  48. imneverwrong says: Jan 3, 2012 1:39 PM

    I was the first to question whether this decision would be different now that it is a playoff game. I applaud Coach Tomlin for his decision and thinking of player safety first.

    I hate the Steelers, but great call coach.

  49. ottograham says: Jan 3, 2012 1:42 PM

    @ravenator

    you only say that cause you know for a fact deep down in your stomach you dont want to see us again. Youre a pop tart sweetheart just like your team. hard on the outside soft in the middle. Pray we dont see you again and send you to a long and cold off season. Ill be damned if we spot you 6 points again off a cheap fumble recovery in the playoffs this year too (you still didnt win). consider it booked, but remember who you truly dont want to see. Your big brother in the AFC North. Baltimore Rats with Wings.

  50. rudegger says: Jan 3, 2012 1:46 PM

    I never was a fan of the Steelers, but Mike Tomlin I like. He’s smart, knos situational football, keeps his composure, knows his personnel, is great at developing talent, and to top it all off he is a player’s coach.
    Pittsburgh really scored by bringing this guy in. I still don’t like the Steelers, but I really like their coach.

  51. steelersownyou says: Jan 3, 2012 1:49 PM

    @Ravenator…see you in 2 weeks! Can’t Wait! Be afraid boy…Be very afraid!

  52. quizguy66 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:51 PM

    I’ll do something rare and say hooray to the Steelers for doing the right thing here.
    -QG

  53. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 3, 2012 1:55 PM

    Not really sure why this is such big news – kind of a no-brainer isn’t it? I mean what’s the upside? He’s fine and maybe gets a pick or two? Downside? Major illness or even death.

  54. brentfarve says: Jan 3, 2012 1:57 PM

    @caseyanthonymunoz
    Whoa, whoa, whoa Tomlin. Don’t be talking about actual health concerns on your team. Let’s stick to Bathroom Ben’s embellished injuries like his GRADE ONE ankle sprain (the mildest kind)…it helps make the sex offender seem more likeable. At least it works for the gullible bandwagon wearing black and gold.

    *******************************************

    LOL! Its funny that I always seem to notice your name on a Steeler thread talking about Ben when it has nothing to do with him… Do you have a secret crush on him or just a closet Steeler fan? Talk about your Bengals they are in the playoffs and are going to most likely win the first game of them. Stay Classy

  55. clamnewton says: Jan 3, 2012 2:01 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz

    Ha, ha. I thought I was a Steeler hater, but you take it to a new level. Kudos….

    And yes, sprained ankles are very painful. I missed a game once due to a sprained ankle. Granted, I was 16, and in high school, but still, very painful.

  56. clamnewton says: Jan 3, 2012 2:08 PM

    You know, I REALLY hate the Steelers. But Tomlin is the real deal. Hard not to like everything about that guy.

  57. sixaspadz says: Jan 3, 2012 2:17 PM

    Good for Tomlin — now if he can tell his LB’s to stop tackeling helmet first and his QB’s to stop raping people in public bathroom’s they can be seen as a respectable team.

  58. gridironman says: Jan 3, 2012 2:21 PM

    For the people calling this a no-brainer, it is, but only after looking at options. It is possible there could have been a way for him to play safely with knowledge of his condition. For instance, extra oxygen on the sideline, mixed with substitutions by another safety. It doesn’t appear that is the case, but it was definitely worth consulting medical professionals to make sure your starter should not play.

  59. emmac13 says: Jan 3, 2012 2:29 PM

    Pat Schurmur and Browns medical staff said get out there and play. Don’t be a Jay Cutler be a Colt McCoy.

  60. ottograham says: Jan 3, 2012 2:32 PM

    @sixaspadz

    intelligent comment. Thank you for shining light on original material that noone to date has thought of. And you did it in sucha classy and humorous way… tool

  61. mayhemmatt300 says: Jan 3, 2012 2:34 PM

    Don’t you all forget Tebows 4th quarter heroics and his 6 game win streak. I know some hardcore Steelers fans personally and they know the biggest mistake you can make is by not taking these Denver Broncos. Will a hobbled QB and defense, this should make for a pretty interesting match up. If you deny it, you’re a hater.. I love haters so keep on HATING!!!

  62. tundey says: Jan 3, 2012 2:39 PM

    I agree with all the Tomlin comments. Guy is a class act. However, Ryan Clark’s willingness to play in the match says a lot about the mindset of football players. It shows the huddle NFL has to go through to protect players from themselves. And it certainly goes a long way to discredit the claims by ex-footballers that they were unaware of the dangers of the sport.

  63. sweetsweetdrew says: Jan 3, 2012 2:43 PM

    the steelers should sit their entire first team offense and defense. let them get rest for a real game the next week.

  64. rc33 says: Jan 3, 2012 2:47 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says: Jan 3, 2012 12:42 PM

    He told Clark to prepare for the Patriots next week, like the rest of the team.

    No need to worry about Tebow and his disciples.

    ————————————————-

    Hope they enjoy their trip to Foxboro; maybe get some skiing in.
    Unfortunately for Clark and his 52 teammates, after they dispose of Denver, they’re due in Baltimore that weekend.

  65. 2dollarpbrs says: Jan 3, 2012 2:51 PM

    steelerfanjo says: Jan 3, 2012 12:47 PM

    If Clark was Tom Brady, the Pats fans would demand game be moved, hell Goodell would move it for Brady.

    If Clark was Tom Brady he would be married to Gissele, have a contract with Uggs and Toothlessberger would be on the bench

    If If If…………

  66. wvucolumbus says: Jan 3, 2012 2:53 PM

    1) Wonder what all the Ravens fans will do w/ themselves this weekend? They’ve had this weekend penciled in for attending a Ravens game for the last handful of years :)

    2) I actually think the Steelers will be in trouble this weekend. They are so injury-riddled. They have NOOOOO shot at getting past the Patriots or Ravens as it stands. Those teams are just too tough for us this season. Oh well, at least we have next season to look forward to.

  67. wvucolumbus says: Jan 3, 2012 2:55 PM

    To those of you who believe the Steelers will look past the Broncos-

    Get a grip. This is the Steelers we’re talking about. Pittsburgh takes it one at a time.

    –Steeler Nation

  68. ottograham says: Jan 3, 2012 2:56 PM

    @rc33

    Youre assuming Cincy is going to beat Houston in that case. Cant we just let the teams play? Until then we are all just speculating.

  69. quizguy66 says: Jan 3, 2012 2:57 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says: Jan 3, 2012 12:42 PM

    He told Clark to prepare for the Patriots next week, like the rest of the team.

    No need to worry about Tebow and his disciples.

    ————————————————-

    Somebody better alert Clark that it’s a trick! The Steelers will be going to Baltimore next week!

    -QG

  70. bubbybrister2 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:01 PM

    Ahh, you don’t need internal organs to play!! Get back out there!!!

  71. clayton43 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:05 PM

    Steelers fan and I dont see any praise here… it was a no brainer and I didnt think under any circumstances he was going to play at all. Tomlinson is a very good coach and not beccause of a decision on him playing Clark or not.. he is a stand up guy and I love him being our coach and hopefully just as long as the previous two before him.

    Clark plays hard and from previous comments made about him hitting… Is funny to me and how this goes. I was watching Bears game and on a play that happened to catch my eye was a play in which Minnesota WR caught the ball.. B Urlacher dropped his helmet and hit the Minnesota WR in the head with his and had two steps beofre landed blow. Even showed it on replay… commentators didnt say a word about helmet to helmet hit…no flag no sportcenter highlight nothing at all..I dont personally care to be honest but it is funny to me if that hit would have been plastered 100 times to start the morning on ESPN or THIS SITE…People would be calling him all kinds of stuff. Goes to show you that the MEDIA(PFT is included) and what the media chooses to show you is what becomes everyones perception. Should be a good game on Sunday and HOPEFULLY on to Baltimore for a rematch !!! Peace

  72. Deb says: Jan 3, 2012 3:06 PM

    Guys, ignore caseyanthonymunoz. He wouldn’t care if Ben had a broken back. He’d still be on our threads making rape-drama queen rants. Even when his own team manages to back into the playoffs, he’s still Steeler obsessed.

    @medtexpack …

    Fans can say what they like, but I doubt the Steelers are taking the Broncos for granted. They watched last year’s Seattle/Saints game.

    @dickroy …

    Anthony Madison is an Alabama guy! Roll Tide!!! :D

  73. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 3, 2012 3:06 PM

    He was good in DC, wish they never let him go. Good for Pittsburgh…..won’t need him this week anyway

  74. mr4thand1 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:23 PM

    Glad to see Tomlin tell Clark to sit this one out. It was the right, and ONLY thing to do. Life is short as it is already. Ryan doesn’t need to lose his life for a game. I’m pretty sure there are some that will probably disagree, but, try putting yourselves in his shoes, and go through what he went through back in 2007……….I can only imagine it wasn’t an all to pretty sight for him.

    Rest up, 25…………Steeler Nation has got your back!

  75. godofwine330 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:27 PM

    Wow, can you imagine what would have happened if he had been drafted by Denver? He might not even be here now. I’m not trying to be funny or even sarcastic, but the luck of his situation. He would have been trying to make the roster in training camp in pain, possibly trying to ignore it or fight through it, not even realizing that there was something much more serious going on and there may have been a Korey Stringer situation. Again, glad the coach made the right call.

  76. holeinone09 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:28 PM

    Right decision. And made fast. Congrats to Steelers organization and to Tomlin for making the right call here. Win or lose, this is merely one game. Ryan has to be concerned about the big picture, and he should not be involved in the decision. Steelers did the right thing, taking it out of his hands.

    This munoz person must be mentally challenged.

    GO STEELERS!!

  77. dickroy says: Jan 3, 2012 3:35 PM

    @Deb

    Yes, and even at that I always liked him. Tuff guy. We love our Steelers, but its hard for me to say Roll Tide and you know why.
    Oh well I’ll say it for you my freind, just don’t tell any of my family.
    We can be freinds always, except for the third week end in October! Ha!

  78. pitt9292 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:47 PM

    Yea isnt it funny. Idiots like caseyanthonymunoz make comments like that and his team is still full of crimials and he is one of the Loser Cincy fans that the players had to BEG to come watch them Pee down their leg vs B More. Tomlin is about doing the right thing. Lets just hope we give 25 another shot at playing in the Playoffs this yr.

  79. stillers7 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:52 PM

    I wish Arians wouldn’t make the trip.

  80. steelersownyou says: Jan 3, 2012 4:02 PM

    I love steeler bandwagon haters! The only thing I wish is that there was more of them! I love being at the top of the nfl. The day they stop hating is the day the steelers are not the top organization in all of sports! And we all know that day will never come!

  81. ravenator says: Jan 3, 2012 4:27 PM

    honestly why would the ravens fear the steelers they have dominated them this year. I can assure you I would gladly welcome the opportunity to watch them get beat again. steelers do not worry me. Qb is banged up the oline still sucks and no one can take out Vontae Leach. Expect ray rice to run all over your team again. Assuming this team even make it out of denver.

    Cheers!

  82. bdb808757 says: Jan 3, 2012 4:28 PM

    Understood. So Tebow should throw for 125 yards and not 60.

  83. randomguy9999 says: Jan 3, 2012 4:30 PM

    objectivenflfan says:
    Jan 3, 2012 12:55 PM
    @ randomguy9999

    No they don’t need CB’s but they will need safeties (the position Clark plays) to load the box. He’s the leading tackler on that team. Denver is #1 in rushing and his presence will be missed when Denver runs the ball 15 straight times.

    —————————————————–

    ummmmmm, it was a joke that almost everyone got…..

  84. sweepinstreets says: Jan 3, 2012 4:32 PM

    ravensruleandharbaughisgod says:
    Jan 3, 2012 12:49 PM
    This is the right move on many fronts, primarily from a medical standpoint. That said, it does go a long way towards demonstrating just how well run an organization the Steelers are. And this is coming from a Ravens fan! See you guys in Baltimore on the 22nd!

    See you on the 15th actually…cincy beats the texans. DUH

  85. golonger says: Jan 3, 2012 4:46 PM

    steelersownyou- Gee, I guess that’s why you go to every single post on the Ravens……makes sense though…gotta try and bash the…..2011 NORTH DIVISION CHAMPIONS!!! LOL

    …back to your Wal-Mart greeter post!

  86. tatum064 says: Jan 3, 2012 4:47 PM

    Could be a closer game than people think, Polamalu is the key as they use him as an extra LB coming off the edge, and will employ all manner of exotic blitzes. McGahee is another key for the Broncos – i think that one match decides it, if they keep it close….its coming down to a big run, a key first down, or forced turnover.

    I’m guessing a close game, until Rothlisberger completes 2 or 3 deep and extends the lead forcing Tebow to have to “turn on the magic” late – which has been missing of late.

  87. tatum064 says: Jan 3, 2012 4:53 PM

    wvucolumbus says:
    Jan 3, 2012 2:55 PM
    To those of you who believe the Steelers will look past the Broncos-

    Get a grip. This is the Steelers we’re talking about. Pittsburgh takes it one at a time.

    ============

    “Really?”

    Sincerely,

    Niner Fan

  88. golonger says: Jan 3, 2012 5:34 PM

    I certainly hope the Ravens have to play the Steelers again rather than the Bengals…….The Bengals are the better team!

  89. steelcurtainn says: Jan 3, 2012 9:17 PM

    The Ravens are one and done!!!!!!

  90. boonevol says: Jan 3, 2012 10:44 PM

    I like Tomlin as much as the next guy but all this felching is a bit much. I mean what real choice did he have, play him and watch him die on national t.v.

    Much ado about nothing, really .

  91. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 4, 2012 8:06 AM

    @tatum064:

    well umm, yes, really….

    if we didnt, we probably go in a different direction at qb for the niner game. if we were looking big picture, we wouldve come up with a better game plan (we only had 10 days) to beat them and be in better position to win the division and the #1 seed. instead, i think we got a little short sighted and said “who gives us a better chance to beat the niners through the air?”
    otherwise, why risk further injury to your star qb against a team you know you cant run against?

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