Daily Archives: November 29, 2011

Keisel honored as Steelers’ Payton Man of the Year

Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel has been named the team's 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year, an award recognizing a player's off-the-field community service with his football ability.

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Steelers’ Tomlin confident Polamalu will play

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he was confident that star safety Troy Polamalu would play in Sunday's game against athe Cincinnati Bengals.
Polamula left Sunday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a head injury and was experiencing concussion-like symptoms.
Although Polamalu still has to pass concussion tests later this week, Tomlin said "all things are positive" at the moment.
It isn't the first head concern for Polamalu, who left Pittsburgh's Week 6 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars with a head injury. He was cleared to play the following week, but his status this time around is up in the air.
The 2010 Defensive Player of the Year has 64 tackles and a sack so far this season.

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Tomlin: Polamalu should be OK Sunday

Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu is free of concussion symptoms and ''all things are positive'' for the AFC North showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Mike Tomlin said during a press conference Tuesday.

Polamalu left Sunday's 13-9 win at Kansas City when his helmet struck the knee of Steve Maneri while Polamalu dove to tackle the tackle-eligible. That marked the second time this season the reigning AP defensive player of the year was forced out of a game due to a blow to the head.

But Tomlin said Polamalu was ''asymptomatic...relatively quickly - and I'm talking about Sunday night.''

The Steelers (8-3) and Bengals (7-4), fighting for playoff positioning and chasing the first-place Baltimore Ravens (8-3), meet in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

''Troy hadn't had any concussion symptoms since we've been back here,'' Tomlin said. ''All things are positive in terms of his potential participation this week. Obviously, we'll continue to err on the side of caution. He'll have to pass a battery of tests and so forth in order to participate.

''We're comfortable at this juncture that that will happen.''

Although Tomlin never acknowledged Polamalu indeed had been diagnosed with a concussion, the four-time All Pro has sustained at least seven concussions throughout his high school, collegiate and pro career.

He most recently missed the final two defensive series of a win over Jacksonville Oct. 16 due to concussion-like symptoms but returned the following week.

Polamalu has started every game this season. If he plays in Pittsburgh's final five games, it would be only the second time since 2005 he did not miss a start due to injury.

Tomlin said Polamalu was lobbying to go back into the game soon after he left the field Sunday.

''Obviously, we're sensitive to his concussion history,'' Tomlin said, ''and we're always going to exercise the necessary precaution when dealing with it.''

Polamalu has 44 tackles and seven passes defensed this season.

''We'll lean on the expert advice of our medical staff,'' Tomlin said. ''Troy's been good. We anticipate it being a non-issue moving forward this week.''

Tomlin sounded optimistic about another former Pro Bowl member of the defense returning to action for the first time in more than a month. Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) was seen leaving the practice facility after a workout Tuesday, and Tomlin said he's approaching game-readiness.

''We'll watch him throughout the course of the week to solidify that,'' Tomlin said. ''But we like where he is.''

A stomach virus forced Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey out of Sunday's game early, and Tomlin said that might continue to affect the second-year pro in terms of practice participation.

''He's dehydrated and has lost a significant amount of weight,'' Tomlin said. ''We've just got to take care of that young man and make sure he's pushing forward toward the weekend.''

A hamstring injury to veteran inside linebacker Larry Foote also could affect his availability.

The Steelers are tied with Baltimore for the division lead, but the Ravens hold the tiebreaker due to a sweep of the season series. The Bengals have lost two of their past three, including a 24-17 decision at home to Pittsburgh three weeks ago.

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Chiefs’ Orton to get crack at starting QB job

Embattled Chiefs coach Todd Haley said Tyler Palko remains the starting QB, but he acknowledged that Kyle Orton will be given every opportunity to win the job.

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All things positive for Polamalu

Safety Troy Polamalu could be available to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals after missing the majority of the Chiefs game following a hit he delivered early in the game. “Troy hasn’t h...

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Bengals Rivers Remains on PUP List, Waive Former Steelers LB Davis

In a not-so-surprising move, the Bengals elected to keep LB Keith Rivers on their Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, stemming from wrist surgery he had in July.

It seems likely Rivers will miss the rest of the season, but the team has not made that move yet.

Rivers, perhaps more famously known as the recipient of a Hines Ward hit that ended his rookie season in 2008, had played at a high level in 2009 and was even better in 2010. Still, the Bengals defense has played remarkably well all season, and their core of linebackers are part of a dominant front seven on the defensive side of the ball.

The Bengals will travel to Pittsburgh for a divisional game both teams need to stay competitive in an aggressive AFC playoff race. The Steelers defeated Cincinnati 24-17 in Week 10.

In other transactions, the Bengals signed DT Cornell Banks to their practice squad. He replaced former Steelers third round draft pick Bruce Davis, who had been signed by the team Nov. 23.

Davis barely lasted a season with the Steelers after being taken in the third round of the 2008 draft. He has spent time on the practice squads of New England, Denver, San Francisco and Oakland before ending up with the Bengals.



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Talking Steelers Football – 11/29

Bob Labriola and Mike Prisuta host Talkin' Steelers Football.

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Tomlin ‘confident’ Polamalu will play Sunday for Steelers

Troy Polamalu has no symptoms of a concussion and coach Mike Tomlin said today he is "confident at this juncture" that he will play for the Steelers Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Mike Tomlin Optimistic About Polamalu Playing Next Game

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is positive about star safety Troy Polamalu playing next week after suffering concussion-like symptoms in the team's 13-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. It happened after he took a blow to the head during the game."We anticipate it being a non-issue moving forward this week," Tomlin said.The Steelers host the Bengals next week in a huge AFC North match-up. Polamalu will be a big factor if he is able to play or not.

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Steelers Chiefs Week 12 Offensive Participation Chart & Personnel

Below are the offensive personnel packages, play counts and participation chart for the Steelers week 12 Sunday night win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Hines Ward saw 15 non-penalty play snaps versus Chiefs with 10 coming in the first 20 and 5 coming in first 8. Maurkice Pouncey saw just 18 non-penalty snaps before leaving with his stomach virus. Chris Kemoeatu then entered the game at left guard and played the rest of the way as Doug Legursky slid over to center. Emmanuel Sanders saw 28 snaps in his return from injury mostly at the expense of Jerricho Cotchery. Trai Essex saw 1 snap used Read more [...]Steelers Chiefs Week 12 Offensive Participation Chart & Personnel is a post from: Steelers Depot

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