Pittsburgh Steelers all-pro safety Troy Polamalu has been limited to just five quarters of game action this season due to a nagging strained right calf which has prolonged for most of the season.
On Friday, the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year finally returned to the Steelers practice field following seven weeks of being sidelined due to the injury. Even though Polamalu returned to practice in just limited activity it was a joyous sight for Pittsburgh players, coaches and their fans to see as they should be able to expect to see one of the NFL’s top safetys back playing in a game in the next few weeks.
The Steelers have an upcoming match up with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday which Polamalu is currently listed as doubtful for but with the seven-time Pro Bowler returning to practice this week he could be on schedule to play an important game for Pittsburgh next week against the AFC North division leading Baltimore Ravens.
Polamalu originally sustained the injury in the Steelers season opening 31-19 loss to the Denver Broncos on September 9 only to miss the team’s next two games and then re-injured the calf in the first quarter of Pittsburgh’s 16-14 victory over their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles on October 7.
Polamalu’s replacement at the strong safety position Will Allen said, “It was a Thanksgiving-Christmas gift to see him out there, ” in reference to Polamalu’s return to the Steelers practice field.
The Steelers are currently dealing with a host of injuries including starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, back up quarterback Byron Leftwich, wideouts Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery, right tackle Marcus Gilbert and defensive tackle Ziggy Hood.