UPDATE: September 23 at 11:50 a.m. ET by Jessica Isner
All indications may be that Troy Polamalu isn't playing against the Raiders, but neither he (nor James Harrison) is listed on the Steelers' inactives list, per NFL.com.
Still, CBSSports.com's Chris Adamski reported on Friday that Polamalu's calf injury has kept him out of practice all week, so he certainly won't step foot on the field on Sunday.
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UPDATE: September 21 at 1:18 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg
According to John Clayton of ESPN, Polamalu will not play in the team's Week 3 game.
Troy Polamalu (calf) and James Harrison (knee) are out for the Steelers. So is RB Rashard Mendenhall.— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) September 21, 2012
The Steelers have a bye week after their upcoming matchup with the Raiders, so this gives the All-Pro safety some added time to rest his injured calf.
Pittsburgh's defense was able to survive without Polamalu during the 27-10 win over the New York Jets, but the team needs him back on the field if it wants to remain competitive throughout the season.
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The 31-year-old is currently sidelined with a strained right calf that he suffered in the season opener against the Denver Broncos, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The team will have a better idea of his status on Friday, but his chances of suiting up do not look good as of Thursday morning.
Polamalu will likely be inactive along with another Steelers defensive standout, James Harrison. The fearsome, hard-hitting linebacker has yet to play a snap this season after undergoing an offseason surgery on his right knee.
Without these two playmakers out on the gridiron, the Steelers are going to have a tough time leaving Oakland with a W.
Polamalu is particularly needed against a team that has some extremely quick receivers and a strong running game.
The seven-time Pro Bowl safety has recorded 612 tackles, 29 interceptions, nine sacks and eight forced fumbles during his 10-year career. He seems to always capitalize at the most opportune times and has contributed to a number of big Steelers victories over the past decade.
If he’s not able to go, backup Ryan Mundy should once again help fill the void at the strong safety position.
As per Schefter, Polamalu’s calf hasn’t responded to treatment administered last week, and there is a good chance the team opts to rest him until after its Week 4 bye.
We’ll keep you updated right here on B/R with the latest news, information, updates, opinions and analysis on Troy Polamalu’s calf injury and when he can potentially return to action.