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BlitzburghRockCity
01-04-2008, 05:55 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08004/846643-66.stm?cmpid=HBEHTML


Friday, January 04, 2008

By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu, who missed four of the final six regular-season games with a knee injury, is running out of time to convince the coaches he can play tomorrow in a wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That was the declaration of coach Mike Tomlin after Polamalu missed practice yesterday for the second day in a row. Tomlin said Polamalu will attempt to practice today to determine if he can play against the Jaguars.

"It's going to be a big day," Tomlin said. "Everyone is in agreement Troy needs to practice tomorrow."

Tomlin said the same is true for return specialist Allen Rossum (hamstring), who has not practiced since missing the regular-season finale Sunday in Baltimore. Tomlin said Rossum also will try to practice today, though it's possible he might be limited to just light running.

"It's getting close," Tomlin said. "Those guys are running out of time in terms of showing they are capable of contributing."

Polamalu, who was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl despite missing five games, sprained the medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee earlier this season.

His knee developed swelling after he played against the Jaguars Dec. 16 and the St. Louis Rams Dec. 20. The injury causes a problem when Polamalu tries to accelerate.

If Rossum can't play -- his status won't be determined until tomorrow morning -- it is possible running back Najeh Davenport could return kickoffs against the Jaguars. Wide receiver Willie Reid handled kick returns against the Ravens, but he fumbled two of his first three returns (one was overturned by replay challenge) before aggravating a shoulder sprain. Reid practiced on a limited basis yesterday and is expected to play.

"It's time to leave it all out there," Tomlin said.

"We're not going to save any nuts. We're not going to squirrel them. We're going to be ready to play. No job is too small this week."

Ward, 2 others back
Wide receiver Hines Ward (knee), cornerback Deshea Townsend (foot) and cornerback Bryant McFadden (ankle) returned to practice yesterday and are expected to play.

Ward was held out of the game Sunday in Baltimore, the fifth this season he and Santonio Holmes did not play together.

"That's a plus," said Ward, who will be appearing in his 11th playoff game, tied for most on the team with four other players. "Who is really 100 percent healthy right now? It's late in the year and it's the playoffs. There is no tomorrow. That's what makes the magnitude of the playoffs even greater. I'm excited. I look forward to playing in the playoffs."

First one, then the other
McFadden, the team's nickel back, missed three games earlier in the season with a high-ankle sprain on his right foot. But he said he injured his other ankle when he resumed playing because he was trying to favor his right ankle.

The left ankle is the one he aggravated against the Ravens, so the injury is not as serious.


Carter has had a lot of experience this year so if Troy can't play it's not like he'll be coming in off the bench like Essex is. Having said that I still want Troy out there because this is going to be a physical game and we'll need every available body out there to stay fresh and control that Jags run game.

TampaSteelGirl
01-04-2008, 08:36 AM
It's all a ploy to knock the Jags off. There aren't that many injuries I don't think. I hope! :crossfingers:

ItAintEasyBeingPeazy
01-04-2008, 10:53 AM
I definately think we need Troy out there...i know all the critics have been beating him up lately but he does make plays, and from what i've seen the past few weeks is a rare commodity!!

BlitzburghRockCity
01-04-2008, 11:29 AM
I'm surprised Troy hasn't been put on IR at this point. The dude has missed so many games this year. Whatever he's got going on with that knee isn't going to completely heal up till the offseason. I guess they were hoping he'd be ok but at this point he hasn't played much at all this year and it looks like just when we need every available body the most he might not be there again.

AZ_Steeler
01-04-2008, 11:57 AM
Injuries suck but the Steelers always seem to have someone step in fill in for a week or two. I would like to Troy back for sure, but at the same time you don't want to see anything long term happen to him as well.

LatrobePA
01-04-2008, 12:27 PM
Troy is a complete stud and a play maker when healthy, but when he is not 100% he isn't great, so I say sit him with the hopes of making it to game 2.

AZ_Steeler
01-04-2008, 12:34 PM
Troy is a complete stud and a play maker when healthy, but when he is not 100% he isn't great, so I say sit him with the hopes of making it to game 2.

That's an option b/c Troy wasn't there for the NE game and that probably would have made a huge difference in that game... but then you run the risk of not winning the Jaguars game and then doubting yourself wondering if Troy had play would we have won? It's really a tough decision to be made...

K Train
01-04-2008, 01:29 PM
troy ****ed us a couple times last time we played them, we just didnt get exposed to that news without dierdorf telling us how great he is

BlitzburghRockCity
01-04-2008, 01:45 PM
If Troy can play he needs to be out there..this the playoffs and it's do or die, no 2nd chances. If he's not healthy enough to contribute then sit him down. Normally I'd say an 80% Troy is better than most of the safeties in the league but this year with him being hurt so much that's not the case.

Black@Gold Forever32
01-04-2008, 05:09 PM
If its not broken or torn then you play tomorrow...No sense in saving players so they can heal to be 100 percent since its either you win or go home in the play-offs....Troy sucked before he hurt his knee....I thought it was a supposed rib injury that has been slowing him down this year...The excuse machine rolls on for Troy Polamalu...He better have a kick *** season next year or I'm wishing him to get hurt...lol Freaking over paid bum....

DIESELMAN
01-04-2008, 05:22 PM
If its not broken or torn then you play tomorrow...
:cope::cope::cope::cope::cope:

DIESELMAN
01-04-2008, 08:22 PM
Polamalu (knee) and Rossum (hamstring) practiced Friday and both expect to play Saturday. Tomlin said that Santonio Holmes is no longer a candidate to return punts.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-04-2008, 08:27 PM
Having Reid back there just scares me to death...you simply cannot give the Jags a short field and get behind them early. They can dictate the pace of the game if they get ahead and we need to make sure that doesn't happen. I swear if Reid fumbles 1 time Tomlin needs to yank him and send him to the locker room immediately.

DIESELMAN
01-04-2008, 08:46 PM
I swear if Reid fumbles 1 time Tomlin needs to yank him and send him to the locker room immediately.

Locker room my ***, he needs to be sent to the parking lot to shovel snow :haha:

steelersgal86
01-05-2008, 05:25 AM
Locker room my ***, he needs to be sent to the parking lot to shovel snow :haha:
:haha:

floodcitygirl
01-05-2008, 09:48 AM
Locker room my ***, he needs to be sent to the parking lot to shovel snow :haha:Parking lot MY ***. He fumbles, he doesn't DESERVE to shovel Steelers snow. Send him back where he came from. :lol:

BlitzburghRockCity
01-05-2008, 10:14 AM
I'd hate to see Holmes back there returning kicks because of the injury risk but at this point in the season if Reid fumbles and Wilson were to get hurt or didn't do any better then Holmes is your next best option. It's time to pull out all the stops because the worst thing to have happen is saying to yourself "what if" when the season is all over...

floodcitygirl
01-05-2008, 10:24 AM
I'd hate to see Holmes back there returning kicks because of the injury risk but at this point in the season if Reid fumbles and Wilson were to get hurt or didn't do any better then Holmes is your next best option. It's time to pull out all the stops because the worst thing to have happen is saying to yourself "what if" when the season is all over...:plus1: I agree. No holding back on anyone in this game. If we're one and done the "saving" will be for nothing.