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Tomlin Says Sprained MCL For Polamalu

PITTSBURGH--The initial diagnosis is that Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will be sidelined for three to six weeks because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said after his team's 13-10 overtime triumph over the Tennessee Titans in the NFL's season-opening game Thursday night at Heinz Field.

"It's an MCL sprain," Tomlin said during his postgame news conference. "They are reading the scans and so forth. Those things have a range of three to six [weeks]. It's speculation at this point."

Tomlin was asked if the injury possibly could be worse, and said: "I'm sure there is a possibility of it. But I don't have any concrete evidence that there is anything more than that."

Polamalu suffered the injury when the Titans' Alge Crumpler landed on his knee after a blocked field goal attempt by Tennessee in the first half. Polamalu had an interception and was credited with six tackles before leaving the game.

The defending Super Bowl champions have a record of 1-0 but now face the prospect of being without their Pro Bowl safety, one of the sport's most dynamic defensive players.

"I'd be a fool to say it wouldn't change our team," fellow Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. "It hurts."

By Mark Maske  |  September 11, 2009; 12:40 AM ET  | Category:  Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Alge Cruller has put on the pounds thats' for sure, but I think Troy got off light, part of his curse was that godforsaken Head and Shoulders commercial. I'm worried for Larry Fitzgerald's health...

Posted by: ozpunk | September 12, 2009 3:11 PM

madden curse at work, it doesn't help that alge looked like he'd been eating doughnuts all off-season

Posted by: bford1kb | September 11, 2009 1:42 PM

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