Steelers S Troy Polamalu Has Decided Not To Play In The Pro Bowl

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has decided not to play in the 2014 Pro Bowl this year and Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward has replaced him on the roster, according to Tom Withers of the Associated Press.

Withers states that Polamalu backed out of the annual All-Star game in Hawaii with an injury, but it could very well be that he just doesn’t have any interest in going this year.

Polamalu started every game this season for the Steelers and that marked just the fifth time that he has accomplished that feat during his 11 years in the league.

Last offseason, Polamalu focused on finally getting over a calf injury that had plagued him for several seasons and that process included him breaking down scar tissue in the problematic area of his body.

“When you have an injury that’s bothered you for the last four years, there gets to be just so much scar tissue in there,” Polamalu said last May. “If you don’t attack the problem scar tissue, then your just going to continue to have problems.

“So this year I really focused on that and found a great physical therapist and obliviously continue to keep working with my trainer. So everything has evolved there and evolved nicely.”

Polamalu trains during the offseason out in California under the watchful eye of his trainer Marv Marinovich. In addition to Marinovich, Polamalu was also rumored to have worked with renowned trainer Alex Guerrero as well.

With Polamalu backing out, that currently leaves wide receiver Antonio Brown as the only Steelers player that is scheduled to play in the Pro Bowl.

  • Steve

    The Pro Bowl is a joke with Rice and Sander playing. Troy don’t need this to prove his worth. His time is better spent at home.

  • Iron Cadet

    So now I have even less of a reason to watch

  • AzheDraven

    I dont see Troy as a player like Tom Brady, because I tought he liked those things, but, Im just assuming, maybe he does not want to play for Deion or Jerry, I mean, Deion said “nah-nah” when the NFL Network said he would be in the pro bowl.
    Also, I am also thinking maybe Troy just wants some peace and let some other player who also played well (Like T.J. Ward) to finally get some recognition to the media.
    Anyways I will still watch that for the lulz.

  • Rob H

    I can’t think of any game I could care less about than the Pro Bowl, it’s been a joke and painful to try and watch for years, now it’s even more of a joke.

  • steeltown

    Good for him, he played a lot of snaps this year and should rest his body for a few weeks before starting his offseason training, no reason to join in the childs game

  • Shea Fahr

    I think Woodley is having the same scar tissue problems like Troy did. He should try following the same treatment that Troy used to finally get thru 16 games.

  • Steve

    You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Woodley has all the Talent to be a Very good player, just seems like he does not have what it takes to make it to the next level. I am not in his “Skin” to know what the problem is.

  • Mike Sweeney

    Here’s the thing, he won’t.

  • MC

    No game means absolutely no chance of injury so i back the decision. SHame though for people who watch the game cause i’d imagine a lot of Hawains would go to see him play.