The bad news for the Steelers is that safety Troy Polamalu will miss his seventh game of the season with a calf injury. The good news is that the Steelers finally are playing better without him.
After bottoming out at 7-9 in the 16 games played without Polamalu since 2009, the Steelers have won three in a row without the perennial All Pro.
Doubtful for Pittsburgh is running back Rashard Mendenhall, who missed the first three games of the season while finishing his recovery from a torn ACL and three more after suffering an Achilles injury. He’ll likely miss his seventh game of the year, too.