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    Steelers' Polamalu to miss one game, maybe more
    Tuesday, November 17, 2009
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    The Steelers' defense that played without Troy Polamalu for all but one series Sunday likely will have to do it again without him for one game, two, maybe three.

    If they perform the way they did against the Cincinnati Bengals, they will have played winning defense. That is what happened Sunday, only no one on offense or special teams joined them.

    The Steelers were mum yesterday on the results of the MRI on Polamalu's left knee, and issued no prognosis, but the All-Pro safety joined his teammates for meetings at the team's facility and it appears whatever reinjury there is will not end his season.

    He left after the game's first series, and the NFL's fifth-ranked defense Sunday still rose to No. 2 in the rankings after they shut down Carson Palmer and the Bengals. They held Cincinnati to 218 total yards, the second lowest total of the season. They allowed only nine points on three field goals; the other nine came on a 96-yard kickoff return and one field goal after Ben Roethlisberger's interception was returned to the Steelers' 14.

    One goal set by defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau long ago is to hold an opponent to 17 points, usually good enough to win. They cut that nearly in half and it still was not good enough.

    Linebacker James Farrior talked about one of the goals set by LeBeau entering Sunday's game.

    "We had to have our red zone efficiency up to par," the defensive co-captain said. "They've been hot in the red zone throughout the season. That was a big concern for us. When they got down to the red zone, hold them to a field goal."

    Mission accomplished.

    "We did it but we just didn't get enough on the other end," Farrior said. "We had a special teams touchdown and that hurt us big, man."

    Perhaps Cincinnati's Palmer saw another game because he said that "we outschemed them with some of the stuff we were doing with the run game and the play-action game. We had a really good plan."

    The Bengals produced 61 yards on 29 carries, a 2.1-yard average with a long run of 9 yards against the NFL's top-ranked run defense. Palmer had a 76.8 passer rating based on his small-ball stats of 18 of 30 for 178 yards.

    Whatever schemes they used, their offense produced a miserly nine points.

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09321...#ixzz0X672pHF2

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    Pittsburgh lost to the Steelers on Sunday, it's that simple. It sucks, but that is the way it is. I am writting this season off. Wether they go to the playoffs or not, this has been a season of transition that has a twilight zone sort of feel to it.
    I AM Not down on the Steelers or anything, it's just a strange year.
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    Pittsburgh lost to the Steelers on Sunday, it's that simple. It sucks, but that is the way it is. [HIGH-LIGHT]I am writting this season off. [/HIGH-LIGHT]Wether they go to the playoffs or not, this has been a season of transition that has a twilight zone sort of feel to it.
    I AM Not down on the Steelers or anything, it's just a strange year.


    Alright, step away from the cliff. The season is not over. The fat lady is not singing yet!!

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    Troy out for one game was the best scenario and I suspect the one we were all hoping for.

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    I'm not giving up like there is no hope or anything, it's just been a strange season. I still believe the Steelers are going to the playoffs, I just can't find the right words to convey my feelings.
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    From Tomlin PC:

    He's "day-to-day" and "it's not a re-injury". It's a PCL on the same knee, but there is no set back to his MCL. He went on to state that "it doesn't appear to be as significant as the injury to his MCL".

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    That is good news on Troy. At least it wasn't the MCL.
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    ****, the knee's not going to have much of anything left after this season

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    That is good news on Troy. At least it wasn't the MCL.
    It's definately good news, but I wouldn't even bother starting him against the Chiefs. Save him for Baltimore if he's even ready to go by then.

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    I agree with that, let's save Troy.
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    Pittsburgh lost to the Steelers on Sunday, it's that simple. It sucks, but that is the way it is. I am writting this season off. Wether they go to the playoffs or not, this has been a season of transition that has a twilight zone sort of feel to it.
    I AM Not down on the Steelers or anything, it's just a strange year.
    LoL!... I have a "well-crafted" noose if you wish to borrow it... I had contemplated using it after we lost to Cincy, but my balcony railing wouldn't support my weight... Sorta like Tom Hanks in "Castaway"... ... But hey, the sun still came up the next morning...

    ... I completely agree about sitting Troy. Whether this is a "new" injury or a "re" injury I still think he'll be hampered the remainder of the season. So give him some rest and maybe he'll be good to go when really needed.... But what bothers me is that this defense is SO dependent upon him. I wouldn't expect quite as drastic effect from a unit that is stellar in most phases of play.
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    Additional injury news from Lolley... I won't print the Troy stuff because it is just a repeat from what has already been said...

    "In other injury-related news, Tomlin said defensive end Travis Kirschke will work in individual drills Wednesday, as will fullback Carey Davis.

    Both have missed the past two games, Kirschke with a calf injury, Davis with a hamstring pull."
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    Safety Troy Polamalu has what coach Mike Tomlin called a strained PCL in his left knee and will be listed as questionable for the Steelers' game in Kansas City Sunday.

    Tomlin would not venture a guess on how long Polamalu will be out but said there was no setback to his previous injury in the left knee, a MCL. Tomlin said the Steelers will let the injury run its course and see what happens as the week goes on.

    "Everyone's initial response was that it was a re-injury; that is not the case,'' Tomlin said.

    Polamalu missed games two through five with his first knee injury. He left Sunday's game after the first series with his latest injury.
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    If you look at the picture in the article, to me the problem is quite clear,
    Troy Polamalu is turning into an Oompa Loompa.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/steelers/

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    I might need the noose, because I have lost the will to ***** and I need to ***** because it was the bungles
    LeBeau does need to come up with a modification when Troy is out because it sure does seem the D is Troy dependent.
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