The Steelers are still scheduled to play the Giants on Sunday afternoon in New Jersey and they’ll be doing it without two injured starters who have been out of action for a while.
Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that neither safety Troy Polamalu nor tackle Marcus Gilbert will be in the lineup against the Giants. It will be the fourth straight game without Polamalu, who has played just one quarter since the first game of the season thanks to a calf injury. Gilbert will be out for the third straight game as he recovers from a knee injury.
With Polamalu out, the Steelers run the risk of entering the game without either of their starting safeties. Ryan Clark has to pass concussion tests in order to get back on the field this week, something he has expressed confidence about since getting hurt last Sunday. Coach Mike Tomlin said only that the team will monitor his progress.
They’ll be taking the same course of action with linebacker LaMarr Woodley and running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman as they get to work in practice on Wednesday.