It was officially announced Tuesday that Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will miss his fourth consecutive game of the 2012 NFL season with a lingering right calf injury. Polamalu has only played five quarters of football this season, with him last seeing the field during the first quarter in Pittsburgh’s Week 5 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
What seemed to be a minor injury has now raised major concern with the Steelers’ organization and Steeler Nation. Not only will Polamalu miss the Week 9 matchup against the New York Giants, but he is also expected to be out for an extended amount of time.
I believe that it’s going to take more than rest for this calf injury to fully heal. I think that there might be a possibility that the Pro Bowl safety may need surgery to fix his ailing right calf.
Even if surgery is the answer to his calf injury, I just think that Father Time is catching up to the 31-year-old veteran. Over the past couple of years, Polamalu has been slowed down by injuries, and hasn’t bounced back like he did earlier in his career.
In 2009, the 10-year veteran missed four games due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, and later aggravated the injury. In 2010, Polamalu injured his Achilles in his right foot, which may be what’s causing his calf problem. Near the end of the 2011 regular season, Polamalu’s calf once again gave him problems leading up to the wildcard round of the playoffs.
The fact that Polamalu aggravated his calf injury versus the Eagles without anyone touching him lets me know that his ailment should be taken seriously. Not only that, it might be to the point that if it isn’t corrected, his career may be over.
For the sake of Polamalu and Pittsburgh, I hope my assumption is wrong. However, any player in the NFL over the age of 30 that plays as hard as Polamalu should expect a significant decline in health at this point in their career. This is why I wouldn’t be surprised if Polamalu retires within the next year.
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