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BlitzburghRockCity
01-03-2012, 02:18 AM
The Steelers secondary could look different by the time they take the field on Sunday in Denver. Ryan Mundy could be playing for Ryan Clark, and Anthony Madison could be playing for Keenan Lewis.

Fortunately they are playing a Denver offense that doesn't exactly light up the yardage stats in the passing dept. Tebow went just 6-22 for 60 yds in that 7-3 loss to the Chiefs. They've lost 4 straight as well.

If guys like Lewis and Clark can't play, it could affect Troy Polamalu as well. Perhaps he doesn't free lance quite as much, perhaps he doesn't hover near the line of scrimmage like he usually does. Ryan Mundy is a capable backup and has played opposite Troy before, but the chemistry that Clark and Polamalu have is pretty unique. They know what each other is doing and have a knack for covering all the bases when the other takes a chance to play the ball or go in run support. Maybe Dick Lebeau dials back some of the Safety pressure to give Madison and Mundy some help.

If there was a week for that happen, it's this week. Better to do it against Denver than say New England.


The Steelers lost two cornerbacks (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12003/1200932-66-0.stm#ixzz1iNBdMaxl) to injuries in Cleveland, Keenan Lewis with a hamstring and rookie Cortez Allen to a separated shoulder. They will decide soon whether Clark will risk playing in the high altitude in Denver, where his sickle cell trait caused a violent reaction in 2007 that required emergency surgery and nearly killed him. He lost his spleen and gall bladder from the reaction caused by exertion in the mile-high altitude.

papabaier
01-03-2012, 01:30 PM
Clark definitely out. Good decision to keep him healthy for next round.
We need to pressure Tebow, not let him look good ast all. Need to step up against the run. Any word on Woodley?:crossfingers:

coldrolled
01-03-2012, 03:53 PM
Can Cortez Allen Play

LatrobePA
01-03-2012, 04:02 PM
Unlikely w/ the seperated shoulder..

Troyisabeast_43
01-03-2012, 04:35 PM
Steelers should still have no problem with the Broncos offense even with Clark out. Harrison,Woodley and Troy will all be a factor and they will force and pretty much dare Tim Tebow to beat them throwing the ball which I just dont see him being able to do...

steelersbabex25
01-03-2012, 05:02 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to play the Denver Broncos in the first round of the playoffs on January 8, 2012. The game will be held in the high altitude and low oxygen conditions of Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Unfortunately, for Steelers S Ryan Clark, this means he will not be able to play and he has been pulled out of the game.


Clark carries the sickle cell trait in his blood and when exposed to high altitude and reduced oxygen, this condition can become life-threatening. Clark learned this in 2007 when he last played in Denver. That game cost him his spleen and gallbladder, as well as a loss of 30 pounds and an end to his season. He thought he was going to die.

So what exactly is sickle cell and how is it affected by high altitude and reduced oxygen?


Sickle cell affects the red blood cells in the body. It is caused by a trait that is acquired from both parents.


Healthy red blood cells are round in shape and designed to move easily through the blood vessels. They carry the iron-rich protein called hemoglobin which carries oxygen throughout your body. In people with sickle cell disease, these red blood cells are crescent shaped and carry abnormal hemoglobin. Because of the shape of the cells, they can also block blood flow in the vessels. This can cause pain, organ damage and serious infections.


In order to have sickle cell disease, you need to have received the sickle cell trait from both of your parents. However, if you only receive the trait from one parent, you are diagnosed with sickle cell trait. This means that you will more than likely not have symptoms of the disease but can see complications under certain conditions.


Ryan Clark is considered to have sickle cell trait. He does not suffer from the disease on a regular basis but can experience complications and can pass the trait to his children.


Complications for those carrying the sickle cell trait occur under conditions of high atmospheric pressure, low oxygen levels, dehydration and high altitudes. Unfortunately for Clark, those account for many of the conditions in Denver. The higher altitude and reduced oxygen can be difficult enough for healthy individuals to receive enough oxygen for their body, but with sickle cell trait it becomes even more difficult.


While the idea of missing the first playoff game is not appealing to Clark, neither is a risk of potential complications. This is not the first game he has missed because of this condition. The Steelers have played Denver two times since that game in 2007 and Clark was pulled out of both of them.

http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ycn-10787611

I think we all saw this coming...but it is yet another hit to our secondary. It's a damn good thing that we're not playing a high powered offense this round.

Goodfrom55
01-03-2012, 05:42 PM
Bottom line, contain McGahee, force Teblow into a couple pics, and Steelers win the game.

17-6

won't be pretty, but they'll get the job done.

Troyisabeast_43
01-03-2012, 06:00 PM
Bottom line, contain McGahee, force Teblow into a couple pics, and Steelers win the game.

17-6

won't be pretty, but they'll get the job done.

Yep survive and advance and get ready for the real competition to begin after this with the Pats or Ravens...

connecticutsteel
01-04-2012, 12:19 PM
According to the list on the homepage Niles Brinkley is under contract bring him in lol

coldrolled
01-04-2012, 12:58 PM
Steelers should still have no problem with the Broncos offense even with Clark out. Harrison,Woodley and Troy will all be a factor and they will force and pretty much dare Tim Tebow to beat them throwing the ball which I just dont see him being able to do...

If we play 15 yards off the WR's any QB can hit their man...

Tebow hits his target. he is not Seneca Wallace.

He may be a rookie but he has more tools than the browns QB's

It was 13 - 9 in Cleveland.

We need an offense in the playoffs...

connecticutsteel
01-04-2012, 02:39 PM
Keenan Lewis is going to play sundayso we will be thin but ok

BlitzburghRockCity
01-04-2012, 10:52 PM
Sine it appears Lewis will be able to play we should be fine covering the receivers of the Broncos. None of them are going to blow your doors off with excitement so it's a matter of staying on your man and doing your job. Clark will be there coaching up the guys on sidelines which will be helpful, the main thing here is to stay healthy and not have anybody go down.

LatrobePA
01-04-2012, 10:56 PM
I'd guess the Bronco's will come out throwing..

jnes1216
01-05-2012, 12:33 AM
If we play 15 yards off the WR's any QB can hit their man...

Tebow hits his target. he is not Seneca Wallace.

He may be a rookie but he has more tools than the browns QB's

It was 13 - 9 in Cleveland.

We need an offense in the playoffs...

I think Tebow is in his second year. Press coverage on the WRs and Tebow doesn't throw the ball. No way LeBeau has them play 15yds off. Put Ike on Decker and 8 or 9 in the box to stop the run.

I agree we need a more effective offense in the playoffs for sure.

connecticutsteel
01-05-2012, 01:12 AM
I think Tebow is in his second year. Press coverage on the WRs and Tebow doesn't throw the ball. No way LeBeau has them play 15yds off. Put Ike on Decker and 8 or 9 in the box to stop the run.

I agree we need a more effective offense in the playoffs for sure.

this is crazy talk we need to keep him in the pocket and make him throw i'll take seneca wallace anyday over Tim Tebow reminds me of Kordell only Kordell could actually throw a pass tebow is agimmick a flash in the pan here today gone tommorrow mark my words He'll be starting his own ministry in 1 to 2 years

jnes1216
01-05-2012, 01:20 AM
I have been right-handed since birth. I threw a football once left-handed to see if I could do it and the result looked like Tebow's spiral.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-05-2012, 08:20 PM
The Steelers defense has a lot of playing off the wide receivers. We all know it's because he wants to keep everything in front of him, not allow the big play, with the thought that sooner or later the defense will make a big play to stop the drive.

Ike will play his guy man to man, he's being doing it a lot this year but don't be surprised if you see Gay and Lewis playing their guys off a some too.