Steelers Injury Report: Troy Polamalu Optimistic He Will Play Against The Eagles

The Pittsburgh Steelers might not have linebacker James Harrison for their week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but it is looking good that safety Troy Polamalu will be back in uniform following the bye week.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Saturday morning that Polamalu, who has missed the last two games with a strained calf, is optimistic that he will be ready to go a week from Sunday.

The Steelers all-everything safety practiced on both Tuesday and Wednesday of this past week. “It feels much better,” Polamalu said via the paper.

The Steelers defense has lacked splash plays through the first three games of the season and have failed to play well in the second half in the losses to both the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos. In total the defense has allowed 44 second-half points in three games and allowed the Raiders to convert 7 of 8 second-half third down opportunities after stopping them on their first four in the first half.

Since being drafted the the Steelers are 88-34 (72%) overall with Polamalu in the starting lineup,

While the return of Polamalu to the line-up will not solve all of the Steelers problems defensively, he certainly will help it with his ability top freelance and makes plays. Ryan Mundy, who replaced Polamalu at strong safety the last two games, had a very rough game last week against the Raiders.

  • Brendon Glad

    It’s frightening how different they are when Troy P. Doesn’t play, or plays with significant injury. But apparently it doesn’t frighten the front office much. Because drafting safeties is not something they do. So I sure hope they have a VERY OPEN line of communication with him, and practically beg him to try to give them 1-2 years notice on his retirement plans. Because Mundy is too big of a drop off. We’ve drafted 3 dbs in rd1-2 in the last 18 years I believe. (Troy, coalkley, and McFadden). That’s pretty sparse in a passing league. Hey I hope Troy p plays 7 more years. Just doubt he wants to

  • Brendon Glad

    Not that I’m complaining about our first rd picks…they’ve been insanely good. More about the second Rounders. And IF they are communicating with Troy…then their plan with the replenishing of the secondary is just fine. All he ever can say about being a Steeler is overwhelmingly positive and borderline “spiritual”. So I guarantee that if he actually kinda knows when he’s retiring, and the Steelers asked for. Notice and for a couple years of mentoring, that he would totally do it. So I hope they are on top of that. Wouldn’t hurt to have a coco with Ryan Clark too about the same thing. I can sense that both of them are having less-and-less fun playing in goodell’s league. I hope they don’t catch us with our pants down when they hang em up.

  • The last 5 first round picks – Timmons (3rd round quality at best), Mendy (very solid but we could get that kind of quality in a second round), Hood(good depth player, zero impact as a starter), Heyward(incomplete), but from what I have seen has promise as a pass rusher, but has shown nothing on run defense which MAY be a reason why he is not being given much playing time. And then you hve DeCastro who is hopefully show he is worth 75% of the hype.

    You call that insanely good? The first round picks USED to be insanely good and Santonio was the last great one. Whatever magic touch Colbvert has shown is missing from the last 5 drafts. He continues to unearth WR gems to complement Big Ben. I am hoping Lewis and Allen pan out in the secondary because not a single other defensive pick has worked out great other than Woodley in recent years.