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."
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