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    In a pinch, Polamalu can be running back

    In a pinch, Polamalu can be running back

    By: Mike Bires
    Beaver County Times
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    Thursday November 11, 2010 11:54 PM

    PITTSBURGH — If one more Steelers running back would have gotten hurt Monday night, Troy Polamalu may have been called upon to carry the football.

    “Troy is always our emergency running back,” offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said.

    In the 27-21 win in Cincinnati, backups Mewelde Moore and Isaac Redman were sidelined with concussions. Moore left the game in the second quarter, Redman in the fourth.

    Because rookie Jonathan Dwyer was a game-day inactive and not in uniform, the Steelers were down to just one running back.

    If Rashard Mendenhall would have gone down, it would have been Polamalu, the all-star safety, who would have gone in at running back.

    “Definitely,” said Polamalu, who played running back and defensive back in high school. “I practiced at running back during our bye week. It was nice. It was fun.”

    Throughout his career, Polamalu has showed his talents running with the football after intercepting passes or recovering fumbles.

    “That’s true, but it would be a different story if I had to run against real defenders,” Polamalu said.

    Because of injuries on the offensive line in the win over the Bengals, the Steelers were also down to five O-linemen in the second half.

    “There was a lot of scrambling going on along that sideline Monday night,” Arians said. “We had (tight end) Matt Spaeth getting ready to play tackle and we were getting Troy ready to play running back.”

    The good news for the running back situation is that Moore and Redman both practiced Thursday. So they will probably be in uniform Sunday night when the Steelers (6-2) host the New England Patriots (6-2).

    In other injury news, defensive end Brett Keisel (hamstring), guard Chris Kemoeatu (knee, ankle) and tight end Heath Miller (knee) missed practice. It’s doubtful that Keisel and Kemoeatu will play Sunday night against the Patriots. Miller could be back at practice today.

    And even though Doug Legursky moved into the left guard spot when Kemoeatu was hurt in Cincinnati, he may not be the starter against the Patriots. It appears that the Steelers are leaning toward starting Ramon Foster, who didn’t dress the past two games.

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    Re: In a pinch, Polamalu can be running back

    yeah, i'd prefer Foster 2 Legursky.. He's been serviceable in the past
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    Re: In a pinch, Polamalu can be running back

    How's Foster's ankle? I wonder why they dressed Legursky instead of him.


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    Re: In a pinch, Polamalu can be running back

    The last thing in the world I would want to see is Troy at RB getting his previously concussed head hammered as a RB. Put ARE or Ward back there but not Troy.

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    Re: In a pinch, Polamalu can be running back

    actually, this again (to me) demonstrates just how whacked out BA is. Are we so committed to the run and afraid to put the game in Ben's hands that we're willing to risk our pro-bowl, dare I say injury prone, potential HOF safety by putting him in a position he has never once played in the NFL? What, Troy is going to run single back and dive up the middle? Jesus tap-dancing christ. Run a 4-wide set! quick hits and slants. a two yard pass to a receiver followed by YAC can be just as effective. At a minimum simply put spaeth in the backfield as an additional blocker and throw every friggin down. There's nothing wrong with that, Ben has shown he can do it - particularly when a Superbowl is on the line. Do our coaches somehow think we're incapable of that type of offense? Do we not have a diverse enough playbook to allow us to be a pass-only team in an emergency such as this? If so, shame on the coaches.

    Now to be fair, this isn't just a BA issue. If troy ended up playing RB I would seriously question Mike Tomlin's football sense......
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    Re: In a pinch, Polamalu can be running back

    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntonioSteelerFan
    How's Foster's ankle? I wonder why they dressed Legursky instead of him.
    Legursky dresses ahead of Foster because of his versatility to be able to back up both center as well as guard (and he had to do both of those last game).


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    Gets us ahead of BAL at 1.16, who's looking to replace the retired ILB Zach Orr.

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    Re: In a pinch, Polamalu can be running back

    At this injury rate we may end with ...

    Troy at RB
    David Johnson at OL
    Keyaron Fox at FB

    We could also upgrade our kicker by using Casey Hampton. :P

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    Re: In a pinch, Polamalu can be running back

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelAbility
    At this injury rate we may end with ...

    Troy at RB
    David Johnson at OL
    Keyaron Fox at FB

    We could also upgrade our kicker by using Casey Hampton. :P
    If Ndamukong Suh can do it...

    (actually, Suh missed his only extra point try, but he looked pretty good doinking it off the right upright!)



    Difference maker in the middle needed to replace Shazier.

    Offer picks 1.28 & 3.92 plus WR Martavis Bryant to ARZ for pick 1.15. They only have 5 draft picks now, plus their WR's are undersized (John Brown & J.J. Nelson both 5'10") or old (Larry Fitzgerald 35 y.o.).

    Gets us ahead of BAL at 1.16, who's looking to replace the retired ILB Zach Orr.

    1.15 Georgia ILB Roquan Smith 6'0" 225
    2.60 Stanford FS Justin Reid 6'1" 204

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    Re: In a pinch, Polamalu can be running back

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelAbility
    At this injury rate we may end with ...

    Troy at RB
    David Johnson at OL
    Keyaron Fox at FB

    We could also upgrade our kicker by using Casey Hampton. :P
    I would assume our FB spot would remain unfilled...

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    Re: In a pinch, Polamalu can be running back

    Does anyone think that Troy would be getting much in the way of carries? He might block some and get some slants out of the backfield. He's an emergency backup- nobody actually wants to use him as a RB. Much in the same way that nobody wanted to use ARE as a QB earlier in the year when our QB's were dropping like flies.

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