Steelers Might Get Troy Polamalu & Marcus Gilbert Back For Ravens Game

Could the Pittsburgh Steelers possibly get safety Troy Polamalu back for the Week 11 game against the Baltimore Ravens? Judging by the Tuesday comments made by head coach Mike Tomlin during his weekly press conference, that indeed seems like a possibility.

Not only could we possibly see Polamalu back in a uniform for the Ravens game, but right tackle Marcus Gilbert as well.

“I think it will be another week with Marcus Gilbert and Troy,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “I think they\’ll both participate in a limited capacity, but less optimistic about them (this week).

Polamalu has missed the last four games after reaggravating a calf injury early in the Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to that game he had only played in the season opener against the Denver Broncos.

Despite the absence of Polamalu in the secondary the Steelers defense currently ranks first in the league in yards allowed per game (262.6) and passing yards allowed per game (174.0), but tied for second to last in the league in takeaways with 8. A healthy Polamalu could at least help in the turnover department, but certainly won\’t hurt it in all areas.

With Polamalu certainly ruled out for the upcoming Monday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Will Allen is once again expected to start in his place.

Gilbert has been sidelined with an ankle injury since going down in the game against the Tennessee Titans. Rookie Mike Adams has done an admirable job filling in at right tackle with Gilbert down, so it is not a lock that the Florida product reclaims his starting job should he dress against the Ravens.

Should both Polamalu and Gilbert both be able to practice all of this week on a limited basis, it will be a good sign that they will indeed likely be ready to return against the Ravens.

  • No Hurry, things are Clicking at the moment. Troy maybe but would rather have him fresh for the playoff run. Gilbert can take his time because unless Starks gets hurt or Adams goes into a bad funk, I would think Gilbert is the Back-up/Swing Tackle anyway.

  • Amuzon12

    I’m interested in finding out the status of David DeCastro. I was hoping Tomlin or the reporters would have addressed his status/return during today’s press conference. πŸ™ He has to be close to returning to the line up.

  • I think by putting Gilbert back in would be a downgrade in the run blocking
    department. Ever Since Marcus got hurt and with Adams in, It would seem like
    the running game #’s picked up tremendously. Now don’t get me wrong, I think a
    Healthy Gilbert is a upgrade in the pass protection area, just not the running game.. Which is more important?
    (your thoughts?)

  • Vic

    I say keep Adams unless you want him to fall on other lineman. We can always give him help with the pass protection and you have to remember how many more elite DE will he face this year. Also Adams technique will only get better as he get more snaps. 3 games straight victories 3 straight 100 yard rushing games with different backs , I think the proof is in the pudding.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Couldn’t have said it any better myself.

  • Brendon Glad

    If the season has turned around I say Mike Adams and will Allen starting and JH and LW returning are what I would call the turning pts. But still look fwd to trots return most definitely!

  • Ahmad

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. With that said, stick with the hot hand with Adams. Besides, the OL has managed to stay together for the past 3 weeks no need to break that continuity if they don’t have to.

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  • Brendon Glad

    Keep the line intact as is….including Ramon Foster…its the best they have looked in a long long time…

  • Jason White

    I’d like to see Troy and Will split time at strong safety. Will is playing great and Troy doesn’t need to play every snap.

  • Clint Martin

    The passing defense is the best in the NFL the play of the Allen and Clark has been great! I just think Troy is sometimes worried to much about the run and it costs us in the passing game! Trust the front 7 to stop the run and be the last line of defense as a strong safety. I know I know he makes big plays, but holding the Giants to 68 yards rushing and only 125 yards passing was huge!