Steelers S Troy Polamalu Sits Out Preseason Opener Against Giants

The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to play several of their players on the 90 man roster Saturday night in their preseason loss to the New York Giants, but starting safety Troy Polamalu wasn’t one of them.

“I elected not to play him,” said head coach Mike Tomlin during his post game press conference.

Polamalu isn’t believed to be suffering from any injury, so Tomlin was more than likely just taking precautions with the eight-time Pro Bowl safety.

With Polamalu not playing, veteran Will Allen got the start alongside newcomer Mike Mitchell. Allen looked like he took a bad angle on the long touchdown run by Giants running back Rashad Jennings and Tomlin talked about the play after the game.

“We’ve got to get it on the ground in the secondary,” said Tomlin. “Sometimes those things break free, they have to be 8, 10, 12 yard runs not 78-yard runs. It was a gap integrity issue in the core. That is less of a concern. I am more concerned about when those things do occur we do a good job of trying to minimize the explosion play and make it an 8, 10, 12 yard gain not a 78-yard play.”

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  • JohnB

    Shark should’ve been with the first team D. But that’s just me.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m ok with Troy sitting if it preserves him for the season.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I would like to see Troy start one along side Mitchell just so they can get that feel for each other before it starts to count

  • Carlos

    We need his speed, Allen just won´t give you that anymore

  • Lil Smitty

    Will Allen looked a bit like Ryan Clark out there. I wonder if that long run and the performance of other safeties might put him at risk of getting cut.

  • pat

    If Shark is to be Troys replacement one has to wonder why he didnt get the start