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tony hipchest
12-21-2006, 04:01 PM
it was just posted that polamalu has been upgraded to probable. and out of all injured players weve had returning this year, this one worries me the most. i was fine with ben returning from head and abdominal surgery/injuries cause its not like he uses his head or guts anyways :rolleyes: (just a joke people).

but polamalu really needs fresh legs and knees. a slight ligament tear is scary, although im sure mri's have shown its healed. i do wanna see polamalu and smith on the field at the same time.

i just wanna see troy at 100% rather than try to gut it out at 85% like he did at the beginning of the season.

so is he fully healed or pushing it? knowing him, he wouldnt push it. the team and his bank account rely on him being healthy.

stillers4me
12-21-2006, 04:14 PM
it was just posted that polamalu has been upgraded to probable. and out of all injured players weve had returning this year, this one worries me the most. i was fine with ben returning from head and abdominal surgery/injuries cause its not like he uses his head or guts anyways :rolleyes: (just a joke people).



That really is funny........thanks goodness the Great and Powerful Oz restored Ben's brains AND his courage. :wink02:

As for Troy.....we're going to need him........I don't think he'd come back if he wasn't ready. I bet he could have played played last week at less than 100% but he was needed more for these last two games so he rested an extra week. .........I feel better with all our guns loaded. :helmet:

Besides...Troy has a score to settle with the Ratbirds.....:jawdrop:

Atlanta Dan
12-21-2006, 04:20 PM
We are going to need Troy a lot more in the future than we will need him to play out the string this season.

This gets back to only the coach being in a position to override the natural demand of a competitive professional athlete to play ASAP but we know how that went with Ben earlier this year. The coaches can lay it on the doctors, but the team doc said Ben was ready to go in the Oakland game and we know how that turned out. At least with Ben the season was not effectively over when dubious calls were made on playing him.

Maybe the Steelers figure Troy is gone after 2007 and are driving him like a rental car you are not planning to keep.

Livinginthe past
12-21-2006, 04:22 PM
I would have thought Polamalu would be the type of guy you would have to drag kicking and screaming off the field.

That should be the coaches job - to make the decision that benefits the Steelers best in the long term..of course maybe all the coaches aren't going to be around in the long term.

Hopefully he'll be ok and play great.

NM

NV STEELERS 723
12-21-2006, 04:57 PM
We are going to need Troy a lot more in the future than we will need him to play out the string this season.

This gets back to only the coach being in a position to override the natural demand of a competitive professional athlete to play ASAP but we know how that went with Ben earlier this year. The coaches can lay it on the doctors, but the team doc said Ben was ready to go in the Oakland game and we know how that turned out. At least with Ben the season was not effectively over when dubious calls were made on playing him.

Maybe the Steelers figure Troy is gone after 2007 and are driving him like a rental car you are not planning to keep.

If Troy is healthy enough, I see him playing...only he knows his body...you know Dan as for Troy leaving the STEELERS , I just don't see it...he wants to stay in Pittsburgh, and he's not about the cash either...and its refreshing too...its like a throwback 70's player like Donnie Shell,Mean Joe, and Lambert that NEVER thought of leaving...

polamalufan43
12-21-2006, 05:00 PM
I don't want Troy risking anything so I would say have him be 95% before putting him on the field. I mean, we don't want to risk anything and end up ending his career. I have a feeling he is going to play Sunday, but he won't be 100%.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

Stlrs4Life
12-21-2006, 05:08 PM
How does anybody foresee us letting Polamalu go? What indication has Troy given that he wants to leave? And what says the Steelers are going to let him go?

polamalufan43
12-21-2006, 05:14 PM
Troy is staying a Steeler for the rest of his career. I think he'll be one of the first people signed back because he wants to stay in Pittsburgh, he doesn't really care about a high salary, and pretty much everyone would be crazy to let someone wit hhis talent and ability go.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

Atlanta Dan
12-21-2006, 05:26 PM
If Troy is healthy enough, I see him playing...only he knows his body...you know Dan as for Troy leaving the STEELERS , I just don't see it...he wants to stay in Pittsburgh, and he's not about the cash either...and its refreshing too...its like a throwback 70's player like Donnie Shell,Mean Joe, and Lambert that NEVER thought of leaving...

I have the utmost respect for Troy, but please tell me a Steeler other than Plax who did not say he was staying until he was going. It is a business and if some West Coast team with a bundle of cap space wants to make Troy a way above market rate offer to leave he would have to listen.

Troy is not a bling-bling sort of guy, but you can do alot of good for your family and make a difference in the lives of others through charity with the extra $$$.

Once the other issue that dare not be discussed (as far as some posters on this board are concerned) is resolved, the #2 priority in the offseason is to get Troy's contract done.

NV STEELERS 723
12-21-2006, 05:45 PM
I have the utmost respect for Troy, but please tell me a Steeler other than Plax who did not say he was staying until he was going. It is a business and if some West Coast team with a bundle of cap space wants to make Troy a way above market rate offer to leave he would have to listen.

Troy is not a bling-bling sort of guy, but you can do alot of good for your family and make a difference in the lives of others through charity with the extra $$$.

Once the other issue that dare not be discussed (as far as some posters on this board are concerned) is resolved, the #2 priority in the offseason is to get Troy's contract done.

Dan I think our STEELERS will get Troy a market contract... but I was curious????? we're you talking about Willie Colon's contract, Russ Grimm,or Shawn Morey ? :cheers: :toofunny:

Atlanta Dan
12-21-2006, 06:01 PM
Dan I think our STEELERS will get Troy a market contract... but I was curious????? we're you talking about Willie Colon's contract, Russ Grimm,or Shawn Morey ? :cheers: :toofunny:

Troy presumably should be paid as the top safety in the league because he is certainly among the top safeties and whoever gets the latest contract gets the most $$$ for their position when they sign (a markup from Ed Reed's contract would be a good go by as far as what the Steelers should be willing to pay).

But let's say a team that is drunk with cap space or simply has crazed ownership (Danny Snyder) wants to pay Troy the market rate for the top salried defensive players in the league, which are not safeties. That would be an above market rate and at that point it would be up to Troy and his family to decide whether greater $$$ should outweigh playing for a team that spreads around the cap $$$ to field a competitive team. The Steelers will not screw up their salary structure to keep Troy.

The fact that Troy seems to have a balanced view of life and has had several injuries this year (shoulder, a scary looking concusion, and the knee) migt lead him to figure there is more to life than football and take the $$ for the good he could do for others with it.

Do I think Troy will leave - no. But simply saying the Steelers will not let him go makes it sound like Troy is a piece of property that only they can give up and saying that Troy will never leave shows a greater awareness of Troy's thought processes than I claim to have.

In other words, stuff happens.

NV STEELERS 723
12-21-2006, 06:07 PM
Troy presumably should be paid as the top safety in the league because he is certainly among the top safeties and whoever gets the latest contract gets the most $$$ for their position when they sign (a markup from Ed Reed's contract would be a good go by as far as what the Steelers should be willing to pay).

But let's say a team that is drunk with cap space or simply has crazed ownership (Danny Snyder) wants to pay Troy the market rate for the top salried defensive players in the league, which are not safeties. That would be an above market rate and at that point it would be up to Troy and his family to decide whether greater $$$ should outweigh playing for a team that spreads around the cap $$$ to field a competitive team. The Steelers will not screw up their salary structure to keep Troy.

The fact that Troy seems to have a balanced view of life and has had several injuries this year (shoulder, a scary looking concusion, and the knee) migt lead him to figure there is more to life than football and take the $$ for the good he could do for others with it.

Do I think Troy will leave - no. But simply saying the Steelers will not let him go makes it sound like Troy is a piece of property that only they can give up and saying that Troy will never leave shows a greater awareness of Troy's thought processes than I claim to have.

In other words, stuff happens.


great post.

polamalufan43
12-21-2006, 08:50 PM
Well, I understand that one of these days Troy will have to leave, wether it be by his choice or injuries. But, I just can't see Troy with any other team.
As for Troy's thought processes, I don't really think anyone but Troy can understand/interpret them. They always seem to have a deeper meaning and almost a philosophical quality to them.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

tony hipchest
12-22-2006, 09:26 AM
I would have thought Polamalu would be the type of guy you would have to drag kicking and screaming off the field.



NMnot necessarily. he has 0 ego and i dont think he would do anything wreckless or something that would harm his future.

Polamalu, who has missed the last three games because of a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee, has been upgraded from questionable to probable for the 1 p.m. game at Heinz Field.

The strong safety said Thursday that it is not certain he will play even though his knee is "coming along."

"It's really a six-week injury," said Polamalu, who hurt his knee in the Steelers' 27-0 loss to the Ravens on Nov. 26. "Obviously, I'm pushing it by even practicing."

The Steelers' late playoff push is a big reason why Polamalu is doing everything he can to return to the starting lineup.

Tyrone Carter is a big reason why Polamalu and the Steelers will almost certainly err on the side of caution when it comes to his knee. i hope the steelers to hold him back. he could play and the ravens still win or he could not play and the ravens still lose.

troy would definitely help (especially in run support) but i dont think he would be an x factor.

DACEB
12-22-2006, 10:10 AM
I think Troy knows his body possibly better than the MRI, and he knows we need to win the next two games. He probably decided long ago he would play in this game if we were in contention. I know no one wants to see him risk further injury, but havent we all been looking forward to seeing Troy and Smith back there together!
Stay healthy Troy, kick some Raven a$$ guys!!