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83-Steelers-43
11-18-2006, 12:51 AM
Polamalu certain he'll play

By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, November 18, 2006


Troy Polamalu said after practice Friday that there is no doubt he will play Sunday in Cleveland.
"Everything's as perfect as a newborn baby," he said.

If that seems like an odd way to proclaim he is 100 percent -- the Steelers All-Pro safety suffered a concussion in last week's game against the New Orleans Saints -- Polamalu said cutting-edge technology has, in fact, revealed that his brain is as healthy as that of a healthy newborn.

Apparently, Polamalu's future has hardly been placed in question by a series of concussions dating to high school.

"Although I've had a history (of concussions), my brain shows to be as if I had never had any at all," said Polamalu, who underwent a series of tests this week at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Joseph Maroon, a neurosurgeon who works for the Steelers, declined to comment on the testing.

Polamalu said pictures produced by separate MRIs allowed Maroon and other experts to examine nerves in his brain and brain stem, which controls motor functions.

"It's really amazing," Polamalu said. "You can see every little nerve ending that goes all the way to your brain stem and all the way down to your spinal cord. It's got 3-D, and all these different things."

Those pictures, and other tests he took at UPMC, showed he is fine, Polamalu said.

"As a matter of fact, they were going to take pictures on how a perfect brain looks and how a brain from somebody that suffers from concussions should look, and they said I was a candidate for the perfectly normal," Polamalu said.

Polamalu said he has had six football-related concussions. The one he suffered in last week's game was his first as a professional.

To his knowledge, Polamalu said, he and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green are the only athletes to undergo the post-concussion testing that is still relatively new.

Green left the Chiefs' game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 10 on a gurney after taking a nasty hit to the head. The blow knocked him out and left him with a severe concussion.

Green, who said he and his wife have visited UPMC several times since his injury, is expected to return to the Chiefs' starting lineup Sunday.

Polamalu suffered a concussion while tackling Saints running back Reggie Bush in the first quarter of the Steelers' 38-31 win.

The 5-10, 207-pounder stayed in the game, but coach Bill Cowher said he and his assistants suspected something was wrong when Polamalu lined up in the wrong spot.

He didn't return to the game after that series.

Polamalu said he never doubted that he would be able to play Sunday in the 1 p.m. game against the Browns.

He said testing near the beginning of last week showed he didn't have any swelling on the outside of the brain or any hemorrhaging.

Moreover, Polamalu said, he hasn't had any nausea or headaches -- two telltale symptoms of concussions -- this week.

He marveled at the technology that led to the results he got this week.

Polamalu said the clean bill of health he has received proves that amateur doctors should refrain from speculating on the effects concussions have had on an individual.

"I think that's just a cry out to people that really don't have any knowledge or really any business of making opinions on anything they don't have any foundation to discuss," Polamalu said.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_480404.html

tony hipchest
11-18-2006, 01:09 AM
polamalu is a growm man playing a contact sport who definitely knows what he is doing and the risks involved (big ben too). if hes mediacally cleared to play then he should play. i wanna see him become a pro bowler and play as long as ronnie lott did. just as much as the next guy...but i wont say he shouldnt play even when he is cleared to play. if he were on 31 other teams he would be playing this weekend. why steelerfans think it would be any different just because hes a steeler baffles me.

as far as we know lott had 20+ concussions in his career (hell, he had part of a finger chopped off).

go get em troy! you dont make millions for nothing. you are the peyton manning of defense.

SteelerFanInCA
11-18-2006, 01:11 AM
Give em hell Troy!!!!

Elvis
11-18-2006, 07:15 AM
:tt02: If Troy has been cleared and HE feels like he is ready then he should play. Who cares about the 20 or so concussions that Lott sustained? well.. I dont everyone is different and Troy's future after football is MORE important than any 1 game...:helmet:

polamalufan43
11-18-2006, 11:58 AM
Well, if he's clear, he's clear. I guess this would be a good time to point out to anyone who feels like Troy should cut his hair, that his hair probably is a cushion for alot of the concussions he had, it's probably, at least, saving his head a few bumps and bruises.
Anyway, good luck to Troy and everyone tomorrow, the dog pound is going down, steeler style!:jammin: :jammin:

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

stillers4me
11-18-2006, 12:04 PM
I hope Troy doesn't play goofy like Ben did the week after his concussion. The words "goofy" and "Troy Polamalu" do not even belong in the same sentence!!!

Here we go, Steelers!!!!!!!!!!!

blackngoldbaby
11-18-2006, 12:19 PM
Im glad to see that troys ok! GO GET EM TROY!

lightningrod
11-18-2006, 01:43 PM
yeah TROY!

troy knows what hes doing. if you have ever met him, hes like, the nicest person ever. he should hopefully be as good as always

SteelCityMan786
11-18-2006, 02:07 PM
Good to see Troy is READY!

floodcitygirl
11-18-2006, 02:17 PM
If he was my relative I'd have some real concerns about him playing this week. Just have to trust that he, his family, and the docs know what they're doing. We sure do need him. Go get em Troy!!!! :tt02:

HometownGal
11-18-2006, 02:32 PM
If he was my relative I'd have some real concerns about him playing this week. Just have to trust that he, his family, and the docs know what they're doing. We sure do need him. Go get em Troy!!!! :tt02:

Ditto. :thumbsup:

83-Steelers-43
11-18-2006, 02:35 PM
polamalu is a growm man playing a contact sport who definitely knows what he is doing and the risks involved (big ben too). if hes mediacally cleared to play then he should play. i wanna see him become a pro bowler and play as long as ronnie lott did. just as much as the next guy...but i wont say he shouldnt play even when he is cleared to play. if he were on 31 other teams he would be playing this weekend. why steelerfans think it would be any different just because hes a steeler baffles me.

as far as we know lott had 20+ concussions in his career (hell, he had part of a finger chopped off).

go get em troy! you dont make millions for nothing. you are the peyton manning of defense.


Thank you. All of a sudden a good number of fans are M.D.'s. :wink02:

tony hipchest
11-18-2006, 02:42 PM
i should have said "for all we know, ronnie lott could have had 20 concussions". my point being that his fans wouldve never said sit him out of a game after he was dinged. a big deal has been made about concussions lately. but there is a difference between why ben and troy can play after 1 week and trent green takes 2 1/2 months to be cleared.

HometownGal
11-18-2006, 02:56 PM
:wink: Thank you. All of a sudden a good number of fans are M.D.'s. :wink02:

No.....thank YOU. :wink02: A few of us have experienced severe concussions and know how long a full recovery from head trauma can take, others have a great deal of experience in the medical field - both can logically speak from experience, though I will acknowledge that no two people are alike in how they recover. We may not all agree on whether Troy should play this week or he shouldn't, but I think what we can agree on is that head injuries/head trauma, no matter who the unfortunate recipient is or may be, should never be taken with a grain of salt. :wink02:

P.S. I also note from the article that Dr. Maroon had "no comment". No comment. :wink02:

83-Steelers-43
11-18-2006, 03:12 PM
i should have said "for all we know, ronnie lott could have had 20 concussions". my point being that his fans wouldve never said sit him out of a game after he was dinged. a big deal has been made about concussions lately. but there is a difference between why ben and troy can play after 1 week and trent green takes 2 1/2 months to be cleared.

I agree. I'm not Troy. I'm not Troy's brain. I'm not Troy's doctor. I'm not Bill Cowher. I'm not on the Steelers training staff. These people (the doctors, coaching and training staff) get paid and have the job for a reason. They are qualified.

*starts singing Doogie Howser song*

Next home game, I'm dropping my Steeler gear and I'm attending the game while sporting a doctor jacket and a stethoscope. Oh yeah.

HometownGal
11-18-2006, 03:23 PM
I agree. I'm not Troy. I'm not Troy's brain. I'm not Troy's doctor. I'm not Bill Cowher. I'm not on the Steelers training staff. These people (the doctors, coaching and training staff) get paid and have the job for a reason. They are qualified.

*starts singing Doogie Howser song*

Next home game, I'm dropping my Steeler gear and I'm attending the game while sporting a doctor jacket and a stethoscope. Oh yeah.

LMAO!!!!! :toofunny: Y'know I wuv you to pieces, 83, but I'm sorry - I am basing my opinion here on experience - both on having had several concussions and also having a fairly extensive medical background. Am I a doctor? Nope, not professing to be. Again, just speaking from experience which makes ME qualified to state such an opinion.

Besides - I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once. :wink02: :flap:

83-Steelers-43
11-18-2006, 03:28 PM
LMAO!!!!! :toofunny: Y'know I wuv you to pieces, 83, but I'm sorry - I am basing my opinion here on experience - both on having had several concussions and also having a fairly extensive medical background. Am I a doctor? Nope, not professing to be. Again, just speaking from experience which makes ME qualified to state such an opinion.

Besides - I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once. :wink02: :flap:

So if you received a concussion you automatically know Troy's situation and everybody elses? Like I said, I'll take Troy's doc's word for it and the people who actually get paid for that specific job.

tony hipchest
11-18-2006, 03:29 PM
I agree. I'm not Troy. I'm not Troy's brain. I'm not Troy's doctor. I'm not Bill Cowher. I'm not on the Steelers training staff. These people (the doctors, coaching and training staff) get paid and have the job for a reason. They are qualified.

*starts singing Doogie Howser song*

Next home game, I'm dropping my Steeler gear and I'm attending the game while sporting a doctor jacket and a stethoscope. Oh yeah.

thats pretty funny. you should have a SITBEN nameplate sewn on the back of the jacket.

83-Steelers-43
11-18-2006, 03:31 PM
thats pretty funny. you should have a SITBEN nameplate sewn on the back of the jacket.

I was thinking either SITBEN or SITTROY.

or.......

a sign stating "If I were a doctor in the 70's, Mike Webster would have never played a down."

Oh yeah, I was also going to sport a colposcopy.

HometownGal
11-18-2006, 03:40 PM
So if you received a concussion you automatically know Troy's situation and everybody elses? Like I said, I'll take Troy's doc's word for it and the people who actually get paid for that specific job.

Where the hell did I ever say that I automatically know anything? I stated an opinion based on my own experiences and those of patients I treated in the field, in the emergency room and in the neuro trauma unit. I also specifically stated that everyone is different in their recoveries. See above, please.

On that note, maybe we should all just cease making football-related opinions on this board - after all - we aren't coaches after all and Bill Cowher is the expert and is qualified, right? :wink02: :wink02:

83-Steelers-43
11-18-2006, 03:41 PM
Where the hell did I ever say that I automatically know anything? I stated an opinion based on my own experiences and those of patients I treated in the field, in the emergency room and in the neuro trauma unit. I also specifically stated that everyone is different in their recoveries. See above, please.

On that note, maybe we should all just cease making football-related opinions on this board - after all - we aren't coaches after all and Bill Cowher is the expert and is qualified, right? :wink02: :wink02:


I was simply asking, not implying anything.....lol, wow. Nevermind. Not worth it. You take care.

83-Steelers-43
11-18-2006, 03:44 PM
Dr. Tony Hipchest.

On Saturday your flying up to Pittsburgh. Mr. Casey "Big Snack" Hampton has a prostate exam scheduled for 4:00 PM on Saturday. You will have to fill in for me on that one. :thumbsup:

HometownGal
11-18-2006, 03:56 PM
lol, wow. Nevermind. Not worth it. You take care.

Wow - we finally agree on something! :cheers: :wink02: You, too.

83-Steelers-43
11-18-2006, 03:58 PM
Wow - we finally agree on something! :cheers: :wink02: You, too.

:thumbsup: :coffee: