Tomlin Says Polamalu Will Start Against The Ravens

In case there was any doubt, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will start Saturday night in the AFC Wild Card Game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

“Yes he does,” said Tomlin when asked by Bill Hillgrove of the Steelers Radio Network if Polamalu will start against the Ravens.

Polamalu has missed the last two games with a knee injury and earlier in the week Tomlin didn’t give a definite answer as to whether or not his veteran safety would be back this week. Tomlin referred to that decision as being a complex one and in his most recent sit-down he was asked to clarify what he meant by that.

“I needed to see him prepare,” said Tomlin. “Sometimes a guy is able to play at the 11th hour and they don’t get the in-helmet preparation over the course of the work week. When you get to January football and the stakes are high, detail is going to define you. Not only him but us, and you need that in-helmet preparation to do it.

“He was able to practice this week, and so that made the decision easier. Had he not been able to practice this week, that’s an element of the discussion that makes it more complex. That’s what I was referring to earlier in the week.”

When Polamalu was sidelined, veteran safety Will Allen filled in well and even had his best game of the season last Sunday night in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Allen still might see some defensive snaps against the Ravens, nonetheless.

Polamalu has made some big plays in the playoffs in the past and we all remember his interception against the Ravens in 2009. Depending on the outcome of Saturday night’s Wild Card Game, this could be Polamalu’s final game as professional should the Steelers lose.

  • pittfan

    I’m wearing my 43 tonite!

    Here’s hoping Troy shows everyone why he’s a HOFer!

  • cencalsteeler

    Troy will elevate his game tonight….after all, it’s the playoffs!

  • Smashmouth

    i’m positive Troy will be bringing his A-game tonight and i’m pretty sure this is going to be his last season so he won’t have to be concerned about his play for the future so he’ll be going balls to the wall for our entire play off run GO STEELERS !!!!

  • Andrew Grigsby

    Sure hope 43 has a hell of a game tonight. Have to shut down thr outside zone. Lets go Steelers beat the ratbirds!

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  • blackandgoldBullion

    I’m wearing my #58 and hoping they all try to play a little like Lambert, knocking some of those guys illy in the process.

    How about Troy coming up with an INT for a change.

  • Seymour Bottoms

    Troy is a HOFer no doubt but i would keep Allen back there as he has been playing well but i guess with all Troy has done for this organization he has earned the right to start even though he isnt anywhere near the player he use to be.

  • Matt Manzo

    I was debating my 43 or 7? Now I’m goin 43!

  • treeher

    Troy is a rat killer … he absolutely needs to be there.

  • Brian Tollini

    I’m with ya

  • Abed Medawar

    i don’t know, i’d rather not, it’s not just him but how the back end was playing when he was in – almost waiting for him to make a big play every snap instead of each man focused on his job which is what we have seen from the secondary with him out. I understand the past, but don’t understand fixing something that wasn’t broken. Why mess with a good thing espcially when 20 just had his best game as a steeler.

  • Jason

    I’m with ya Seymour

  • Jason Vancil

    Hopefully he can turn back the clock for one night.

  • sean mcmartin

    I do hope Troy rises from the ashes and is rejuvenated for the playoffs. Also have to hope he is on a short leash if he gets beat deep again and again. Sorry to say.
    Hoping for nothing less than a win..with no more injuries…

  • SteveM2

    I couldn’t agree more, Sean, particularly with the short leash.

  • John A Stewart

    We are too too loyal to our vets,Troy is overweight lost his speed and his guessing game is not the same. I love Troy like is mother but come on he’s done.I cant stand the Patriots but they always in the playoffs because Bellicheat put the best players on the field to win. Since Troy has been out Mike Mitchell is always around the ball.When Troy is in there Mitchell seems like he don’t know what to do because of Troy’s guessing game.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I can’t disagree with those who say Troy should sit, because his play has dropped off significantly and Allen is playing really well in his place. But, this is Troy P! How great would it be for him to make several splash plays along the way to the Steelers 9th SB appearance and help win #7?

    Win for Troy!

  • steelburg

    I completely understand your point and I was thinking the same way at the beginning of the week. But Troy is the better player we just need to use him in the same way we used Will Allen the last couple of games and let him play more traditional safety instead of renegade safety.

  • John A Stewart

    Make splash plays and don’t give up splash plays plain and simple.

  • Willoughby Spitt

    As long as Tomlin YANKS Troy’s ass if & when he starts playing like he was before his”injury”, I guess that I unfortunately don’t have a choice. “We don’t live in our fears.” Yeah coach, but we also shouldn’t live in our PAST either!!!! Here we go STEELERS, here we go!!!

  • westcoasteeler

    Give ’em hell Troy!