Troy Polamalu has missed most of 4 games this season and it looks like he will miss a couple more with a torn right calf muscle. Polamalu was hurt during the fourth quarter of the season-opening Denver game. He sat out two games and a bye week only to get hurt near the end of the first quarter of the Eagles game Oct. 7. According to Polamalu, this is an injury that just takes time to heal. There isn’t anything you can do to speed up the process of which usually takes about 6 weeks to heal. At age 31, he is still confident he will return to the field later this season and possibly a few more. He is not worried that this could be season or career ending. When asked about it, he replied “Not at all.”
There is speculation that previous injuries to his knee and Achilles have contributed to this current calf injury. Polamalu said, “The body always compensates and it compensates from the ground up, if the left toe hurts, it will compensate, maybe to the right ankle or calf, to the left knee to the right hip, all the way up your body. … That is basic sports physiology.”
The Steelers defense has dug itself into a hole that hopefully they can get out of, even without Polamalu, their All-Pro Safety in the lineup. They have lost all three road games this season and will travel to Cincinnati for a Sunday night matchup. On a brighter note, all signs are pointing to LaMarr Woodley returning to the lineup for this game, which if healthy, is much needed. Lawrence Timmons sat out practice due to a minor foot injury, unsure what his status for Sunday will be but so far it appears he will play. Here’s to hoping we are talking about a win and a dominate defense on Monday morning.