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Polamalu may head to the bench


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

Forty-one times over the past five years Troy Polamalu played in 100 percent of the Steelers’ defensive snaps during a particular game.

Even when Polamalu came back from a Week 1 knee injury in 2009, he played 100 percent of the snaps, and planned to do the same in October against Philadelphia before re-injuring his calf.

But this time around, and after missing two months with a torn calf muscle, the coaching staff decided to start a couple series against the Ravens last week with Polamalu on the bench.

Polamalu, who gave way to Will Allen for 14 snaps against the Ravens, welcomed the break, and wouldn’t even mind if it continued indefinitely.

“I don’t know, hopefully. We will see,” said Polamalu when asked if sitting out series will continue.

Polamalu said he had no problem with how the coaching staff used him against the Ravens.

“It is something that I really needed at this time,” Polamalu said. “It was something that I needed to adjust to but it was something that I think was smart for the coaches to do.”

Polamalu acknowledged that if he took he didn’t rush back against the Eagles that maybe he would’ve have aggravated his initial injury.

“The big argument was if I would’ve slowed myself down coming back against Philadelphia a while ago,” Polamalu said.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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