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Tomlin rules out Polamalu for Thursday night; Woodley not likely to play

Mike Tomlin wasted little time ruling out Troy Polamalu for the Thursday night game in Tennessee. After coming up lame in the first half of the Eagles matchup at Heinz Field on Sunday, Polamalu hobbled off the field, got his calf iced down and went to the locker room.

Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review outlines the latest injury to the Steelers safety: “Troy Polamalu will miss the Steelers’ quick turnaround game Thursday at Tennessee after aggravating the right calf injury that kept him out of two of the team’s first three games.

Polamalu was one of three injured Steelers to return for the 16-14 win Sunday over Philadelphia, but he lasted less than a quarter before reinjuring the calf while driving Eagles receiver Jason Avant out of bounds. Polamalu first injured the calf last season and then reinjured it in the season-opening game in Denver. Running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) and linebacker James Harrison (knee) played the full game, the first time they have played this season.

“We will evaluate him when we get back from Tennessee,” coach Mike Tomlin said.”

While Tomlin did not rule out Lamarr Woodley who suffered a hamstring injury, it’s doubtful at best that he’ll play so we should expect to see Jason Worilds again opposite James Harrison when the Steelers face the Titans.

If there is good news for Woodley, it’s that this hamstring is not on the same leg as the one he suffered last year against the Patriots; causing him to miss 6 weeks.

We should be cautious though, because even if Woodley is listed as “day to day”, that same status was placed on him several times throughout 2011.

Jason Worilds finished with 1 sack and 3 tackles, seemingly benefiting not only from his own hard work but also the presence of Harrison back on the field.

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