Pittsburgh Steelers Still Can’t Shake Injury Bug

By Clyde A. Speller

After an early bye week, it seemed as if the Pittsburgh Steelers had finally gotten past an injury-riddled start to the season. Players, coaches and fans of the Steelers were elated to have running back Rashard Mendenhall, linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu return to the starting lineup.

Unfortunately, that elation was short-lived when Polamalu aggravated his right calf injury in the 16-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

This same ailment slowed the Pro Bowl safety last season leading up to Pittsburgh’s wildcard playoff matchup with the Denver Broncos.

To make matters worse, linebacker LaMarr Woodley left Sunday’s contest with an injury to his right hamstring.

The Steelers have a very short week of preparation with a Thursday night clash against the Tennessee Titans quickly approaching. Polamalu has already been ruled out for this game, but head coach Mike Tomlin isn’t ready to do the same for Woodley.

Tomlin referred to Woodley’s hamstring injury as “mild” and should more than likely be a game-time decision.

Looking at how Polamalu tweaked his calf injury, it looks as if rest won’t be the final answer of healing it. The 10-year veteran safety limped off the field in the first quarter versus the Eagles after not encountering anyone during a play.

I’m not a doctor, but if you ask me, some surgical procedure may be needed in order to correct Polamalu’s ailing calf.

In regards to Woodley and his hamstring, I’m for having him sit this one out as well. If the sore hammy wasn’t good enough for him to return against the Eagles, then there has to be some severity to the injury and shouldn’t be classified as just “mild.”

Thus far, this season without a doubt has tested the will of the Steelers. Pittsburgh seems to be stuck in the revolving door of injury and it doesn’t look like they’ll stop spinning anytime soon.

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