Troy Polamalu Injury: Updates on Steelers Star's Knee and Return

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2014

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lines up on defense against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Updates from Sunday, Nov. 30

Bob Labriola of Steelers.com confirmed Troy Polamalu is active for Week 13:

Bob Labriola @BobLabriola

Inactives for @Steelers: QB Jones, WR JBrown, SS Thomas, CB Webb, LB Shazier, T Gilbert, NT McLendon

Updates from Friday, Nov. 28

Bob Labriola of Steelers.com has an update on Troy Polamalu's status:

Bob Labriola @BobLabriola

Status report for @Steelers: Cortez, McLendon are out; Shazier, Gilbert are questionable; Ike, Troy, Martavis, Shamarko are probable

Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 25

Mike Tomlin spoke on Troy Polamalu's status, via Bob Labriola of Steelers.com:

Bob Labriola @BobLabriola

Tomlin: We'll let Troy's practice participation be our guide. Not anticipating any issues w. his availability

Updates from Saturday, Nov. 15 

Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provides an update on Troy Polamalu's status:

Ray Fittipaldo @rayfitt1

Steelers injury report: McLendon (shoulder) and S Thomas (hamstring) are out along with Taylor, Polamalu and Shazier. Everyone else probable

Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 11

Bob Labriola of Steelers.com has an update on Troy Polamalu:

Bob Labriola @BobLabriola

Tomlin: Troy, Shazier, Ike all out for Titans. Shamarko, Ventrone to be evaluated this week. We could use 1 or both of those guys

Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 4

The Steelers' official Twitter feed has an update on Troy Polamalu's status for Sunday:

Pittsburgh Steelers @steelers

Coach Tomlin has ruled out Troy with a knee sprain and Ryan Shazier will also not play on Sunday.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers could be without their defensive leader as Troy Polamalu deals with a leg injury in a Week 9 clash against the Baltimore Ravens.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provides the latest details on the veteran safety:

Ed Bouchette @EdBouchette

Polamalu (left leg) and Shazier (ankle) out for good for Steelers

After the Steelers win, ESPN's Scott Brown provided an update: 

Scott Brown @ScottBrown_15

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says Troy Polamalu has sprained knee.

While Polamalu, 33, has lost a step over the years, he is still one of the best in the league at his position. Last season, he ranked third on the team with 69 tackles while being selected to the eighth Pro Bowl of his career.

The four-time All-Pro player was also named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

Unfortunately, injuries have limited him in recent seasons. Despite this, the veteran had high expectations coming into the year, via Jim Corbett of USA Today:

Our level of Super Bowl championship expectation has never changed no matter who's out there. The coaches that come here talk about it: 'You never hear championships more frequently spoken about than here.' So we definitely have high expectations for ourselves.

While the Steelers still have high hopes, it will certainly be tough to compete if their starting safety is out for an extended period of time. Even when he is not making plays, simply being on the field gives the entire roster confidence to succeed. Without Polamalu, the group could come out flat.

However, the injury will give the organization a chance to see more out of Shamarko Thomas. The second-year player out of Syracuse is extremely athletic and has had a chance to learn from one of the best ever to play the position.

The young player will now have a chance to show what he can do in more of a featured role in the defense for as long as Polamalu is out.

Either way, you can be certain the entire city of Pittsburgh will be praying for the starter to come back to the field as soon as possible.

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