Polamalu out once again


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.

Joining Polamalu as scratches for Monday night are (as previously mentioned) receiver Antonio Brown, along with T Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring).

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.

Linebacker Chris Carter (abdomen) is questionable, and running back Jonathan Dwyer (quadricep), running back Chris Rainey (rib), and kicker Shaun Suisham (left ankle) are all probable.

27 responses to “Polamalu out once again

  1. I really hope he comes back healthy. Maybe he’s holding off till near seasons end. They now have a great rapport on defence and I hope it holds up all season. If they can keep it up without him, so be it.

  2. Instead of weekly articles stating that he’s out yet again, why not hold off and let us know when he IS going to play?

  3. Just how long are the Steelers going to carry this former player? I literally can’t remember which season he last competed regularly. He is done and is not coming back to reliably help Pittsburgh.

  4. I’ve told my fellow Steeler fans this is likely the last season Troy is in Pittsburgh. They can’t afford to pay him millions to ride the bench. Especially when we have CB, O-line, DL needs.

  5. Troy has had a bad stretch. Don’t think he is done. When he did play this season he seemed to be playing good ball. Possibly overshadowed by the poor play at corner. Troy is still able to make plays no one else can. Just not as frequently. I see him getting healthy and having a good 3+ yrs ahead. Most players get into injury ruts at some point in thier career. The improvement of the CB position this year with Lewis will allow Troy to get back to himself once he returns. I’m sure all the Raven hopefuls trolling Steelers injury reports will disagree. We shall see.
    Nice job filtering the crap out of your injury report Mike. Credit is due when deserved. Thank you.

  6. Troy will be changing a lot of doubters minds down the stretch…

    Don’t forget to voice your thoughts in Jan and Feb!

  7. When Bob Sanders was healthy he was a better SS than Troy. Point blank. Look at the defensive turnaround in the 2006 playoffs when Sanders returned from a long injury. That D was a sieve most of the reg. season, then turned into the 85 Bears in the playoffs. History will remember Polomalu bc he had he longer career, but when healthy, Sanders was a bigger game changer.

  8. Troy and the Steelers are fortunate that his career has been this long and prosperous. He banged heads at USC and continues that style of play after close to a decade in the league? The knock on him out of college was exactly how long can he continue this style of play without getting injured.To compare him to Bob Sanders is a disgrace to football in my opinion. Bob Sanders couldn’t hold Troys jock strip. I am willing to say he will retire at years end. Believe that he will be a huge contributor at least once this season. He will contribute graatly in run support and mere presence. If I were to gamble I would say he retires at seasons end. Hopefully the same way Bettis ended his career hoisting the sticky.

  9. The Steelers are 5-3, soon to be 6-3, mainly because they’ve played the most ridiculously easy schedule in franchise history.
    Aside from beating the 6-3 Giants, who they manhandled, the Steelers have beaten the 3-5 Jets, the 3-5 Eagles, the 3-5 Bengals and the 3-6 Redskins. Next up are the 1-7 Chiefs.
    It’s no wonder that the Steelers are winning without Polamalu, or that Roethlisberger — after eight, mostly mediocre seasons — is finally putting together a season expected of a $100-million quarterback.
    The 2011 Steelers also played a soft schedule, which produced a 12-4 record and an early exit from the postseason, where they were exposed as being just a tad bit overrated… especially without Polamalu in the lineup.

  10. @antibenapalooza. You are a traitor steeler fan. And left the fan base because ben had relations with some bimbo in a bathroom. You act like he was convicted and that you know for a fact. I’ll bet you never did anything wrong in your life. You know nothing. Now go root for your phony falcons. Who by the way won’t be around come late january, while ben still will be!!!

  11. Maybe, just maybe, Troy should start using some conventional training methods. Seems as he gets older his body just doesn’t hold up. Makes me wonder if the Steelers should take a deep look into their conditioning coaches and programs. Seems like most of these injuries (pulls and strains) could be avoided with proper conditioning. That includes other players including Troy….

  12. As for the typical ravenator shot that always happens on Steeler posts, I would like to kindly remind him that Mr. Ed Reed, has also spent a lot of time riding pine the last couple of years….but age and the physicality of these players will wear anyone down…

  13. Bob Sanders shoulders couldn`t take the beating he was giving them . Troy on the other hand has had a bunch of different physical problems …

  14. I just don’t understand all of the hate to a player that has been nothing but a perfect example of a true pro on and off the field.

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