Troy Polamalu Injury: Updates on Steelers Safety's Calf Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the field after a time out against the New York Jets during the game on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers defeated the Jets 27-10.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The injury woes continue for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as star safety Troy Polamalu limped off of the field in the first quarter of the team's contest against the Philadelphia Eagles.

UPDATE: Sunday, December 2 at 4:20 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

The Steelers may be without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but at least they'll have Polamalu available. From Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun:

#Steelers inactives include Roethlisberger, Woodley, Mendenhall, Leftwich, Cotchery, Mike Adams.

— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) December 2, 2012

The Steelers are going to need all hands on deck on the defensive side of the ball against the Ravens. It's unlikely the offense is going to be much help with Roethlisberger out.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Tuesday, November 27 at 12:33 p.m. ET

Great news for Steelers fans as star safety Troy Polamalu is expected to practice tomorrow and possibly play in Week 13, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.

Antonio Brown will practice Wed and sked to play. Also Troy Polamalu will practice possibly play

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) November 27, 2012

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 11:44 a.m. ET by Rick Weiner

While there were some encouraging signs from Troy Polamalu this week, he has officially been declared inactive for Sunday afternoon's showdown with the Cleveland Browns, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal:

#Steelers inactives: QBs Leftwich & Roethlisberger, CB Van Dyke, S Polamalu, OT Gilbert, WRs Brown & Cotchery. #Browns #NFL

— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) November 25, 2012

Polamalu, who last took the field in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles, has now missed nine of the Steelers 11 games thus far in 2012.

---End of Update---


UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:15 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

There was some hope that Polamalu would be available for Monday night's battle with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he has officially been declared inactive.

From Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest:

Inactives: CBatch, VanDyke, Mendenhall, Polamalu, Sylvester, Gilbert, ABrown

— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) November 12, 2012

---End of update---


UPDATE: Tuesday, November 6 at 12:20 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Troy Polamalu is likely going to be sidelined for Pittsburgh's Week 10 contest vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.

#Steelers Tomlin: Polamalu and Gilbert probably take another week but will work some this week

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) November 6, 2012

In some positive news, the long-haired fan favorite is likely going to start getting some practice reps and workouts in.

Coach Mike Tomlin believes that the superstar safety could be back on the field for Week 11, when the Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens.  



UPDATE: Tuesday, October 30 at 12:11 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Troy Polamalu injury saga continues as the Steelers' star has already been ruled out of the team's Week 9 contest, according to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Mark Kaboly per head coach Mike Tomlin.

Tomlin says Polamalu and Gilbert are out.

— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) October 30, 2012


UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 4:20 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Troy Polamalu has yet to take a turn for the better as the Steelers' superstar safety missed practice today, according to Steelers Digest's Bob Labriola.

Missing practice 2day: Gilbert, Mendenhall, Troy, Redman, Worilds (illness) and Dwyer (excused). Pouncey and Carter full participants.

— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) October 24, 2012


UPDATE: Tuesday, October 23 at 12:23 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

In the latest disappointment in what is turning out to be a lost season, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will sit out his third consecutive game on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, according to the Beaver County Times' Mike Bires.


SS Troy Polamalu (calf) and T Marcus Glbert (ankle/foot) won't play Sunday vs. Redskins. #steelers

— Mike Bires (@mikebires) October 23, 2012


---End of Update---

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Troy Polamalu (calf) has already been ruled out for the Steelers' Week 7 contest, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette

Gilbert out this week, Polamalu out

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 16, 2012


UPDATE: Wednesday, October 10 at 1:10 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

The Pittsburgh Steelers made something we already expected official on Wednesday, ruling out safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) out for Week 6, according to ESPN's John Clayton.


it's official. Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley have been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Titans.

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) October 10, 2012


For a defense that has struggled with injuries all season, this is yet another frustrating blow. Polamalu and Woodley are team leaders whose presence is felt even when they are not playing at 100 percent.

In place of Polamalu will be Ryan Mundy, who filled in for the Pro Bowler earlier this season, while Jason Worilds should see increased snaps with Woodley sidelined. 

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Monday, October 8 at 12:11 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Troy Polamalu has already been ruled out for the Steelers' Week 6 contest, according to Mike Tomlin per Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette

#Steelers Tomlin: Polamalu out this week

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 8, 2012


UPDATE: Sunday, October 7 at 2:25 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Polamalu has been ruled out of the game. SportsRadio 610 WIP has the update:

#Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has been ruled out for the rest of the game. Listen live here:

— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) October 7, 2012

Pam Oliver on the FOX broadcast of the game also announced he was done for the afternoon. The injury battles for Polamalu continue, and the Steelers will certainly miss his presence in this game.

---End of Update---

The official Twitter account of the Steelers had the update:

Rt calf injury for @tpolamalu he is questionable to return.

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 7, 2012

Polamalu had missed the past two games for the Steelers, but he was cleared to play against the Eagles after the Steelers had a Week 4 bye. The fact that he missed that time due to a calf injury he has apparently re-aggravated is troubling, however.

Coming into the game with the Eagles, the Steelers were a disappointing 1-2, though they remained third in passing yards allowed with just 190.3 per game. They had allowed six passing touchdowns, however, and one wonders if that number would have been smaller had Polamalu been in the secondary for the entire season.

Polamalu's injury woes are becoming far more of a trend than most Steelers fans are comfortable with, I'm sure. While he played a full season last year, he did miss 13 games in 2009 and 2010. SportsPickle had a rather humorous—and, hopefully for the Steelers, false—take on Polamalu's injury struggles:

Troy Polamalu is gradually becoming long-haired Bob Sanders.

— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) October 7, 2012

Here's to hoping that isn't true. I always thought it was a shame what happened to Sanders with injuries. He was so good when he stayed healthy.

I don't think it's quite time to lump Polamalu into the same injury-prone category as that. Still, while losing him for two games might not have killed this team's season, if he continues to miss games or struggle with his calf, the Steelers defense will suffer. 

Be sure to keep it here as more information becomes available in regard to Polamalu's injury.


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