Steelers Safety Ryan Clark’s status is up in the air as the Steelers prepare for the Wildcard Round of the AFC Playoffs this Sundayin Denver. Due to his medical condition Ryan Mundy will need a big game replacing him if Clark can’t go. Mundy has had a pretty good season in spot duty playing for both Troy and Ryan. He’ll be challenged by a very diverse Denver running game.
The Steelers could be without starting free safety Ryan Clark for their wild-card game this weekend in Denver, and his absence would not be injury related.
Clark has sickle cell trait, and he became violently ill after the Steelers played in Denver in 2007. The high altitude caused Clark’s blood to sickle, and the deprivation of oxygen to major organs eventually cost Clark his gall bladder and spleen.
Coach Mike Tomlin did not allow Clark to play in Denver in 2009 during a regular-season game. Clark did not play in an exhibition game in Denver last season.
“We’re going to meet with the doctors at some point (today) or Tuesday,” Tomlin said. “Last time we went (to Denver), we worked him out extensively to see how he responded, and they gathered the data in that regard. So we’ll put some heads together, and when I’m talking about heads I’m talking about medical experts, not myself.”
Clark said he expects Tomlin to take the decision out of his hands.
“That’s fine,” Clark said. “It’s easier on me that way anyway. No decision has been made, so we’ve got things to talk about.”