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mesaSteeler
10-26-2009, 11:03 PM
Clark had disorder from Denver altitude
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4597053&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark isn't injured, yet he isn't sure if he can play in the team's next game Nov. 9 at Denver.

Clark didn't play the rest of the 2007 season after becoming ill following an Oct. 21 game in Denver. He was hospitalized overnight in Denver, and his condition worsened after he returned to Pittsburgh.

Clark's spleen and gall bladder eventually were removed, and he lost more than 30 pounds before finally regaining his strength about three months later. Doctors told him his sickle-cell trait was aggravated by the high altitude in Denver and caused a serious blood disorder.

Clark plans to accompany the Steelers to Denver for the Monday night game, but isn't certain if he will be in uniform. He plans to talk to doctors during the Steelers' bye week and again next week, if necessary.

"We'll figure it out. We haven't figured it out yet," Clark said. "We don't know yet."

Clark also had problems playing in Denver while he was with the Redskins in 2005. He was diagnosed then with a bruised spleen, but the severity of his condition wasn't known until he played again in Denver.

Since returning last season, Clark has missed only two games and has not experienced a relapse of his problem, which caused blood vessels to burst and his spleen to become infected before it was removed in mid-November 2007. His gall bladder was taken out a few weeks after that, and his weight dropped from 205 pounds to about 175.

Clark couldn't resume working out and trying to get back into playing condition until January 2008 after the season ended.

Clark said previously he wouldn't play in Denver again unless he was certain there would be no medical problems if he did. He has undergone extensive testing during the last two years, receives six injections a year and treats any infection carefully.

During training camp this summer, Clark joked he might suit up because "there's nothing left they can take out of me" if he goes ahead and plays.

After Clark came back last season, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said, "It's pretty much a miracle he's out there."

Last year, Clark said the Steelers' medical staff initially questioned not long after that game in Denver why he wasn't playing. It wasn't until he received a second opinion from a different physician that his condition was properly diagnosed and treated.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

(I hope he doesn't play. I don't want to see him risk his life by doing so. - mesa)

Kaeg
10-26-2009, 11:10 PM
Yea, I don't even think I want to see him dress at all for it.

The Duke
10-26-2009, 11:11 PM
Oh man, I forgot about clark probably not playing

Troy's back to game speed and the bye week should help the D overall. Sit out clark, this team's got your back

Hope we get to see a lot of Mundy!! :tt:

tony hipchest
10-26-2009, 11:26 PM
can we start an official Ryan Clark in Denver thread?

(its gonna be a loooong 2 weeks.)

Preacher
10-26-2009, 11:33 PM
can we start an official Ryan Clark in Denver thread?

(its gonna be a loooong 2 weeks.)

:chuckle: Imagine how long it would have been if we lost the game.

RoethlisBURGHer
10-26-2009, 11:52 PM
Yeah, Clark needs to sit this game out. He almost died the last time he played in Denver.

Also, doesn't Santonio Holmes have the same thing Clark has? Maybe he should stay in Pittsburgh too.

Steelers & I
10-26-2009, 11:53 PM
Ouch, that bites. I sure hope that Clark can play, we'll surely miss those vicious hits.

MasterOfPuppets
10-27-2009, 12:01 AM
:chuckle: Imagine how long it would have been if we lost the game. does it even matter anymore ? :noidea:

tony hipchest
10-27-2009, 12:17 AM
Yeah, Clark needs to sit this game out. He almost died the last time he played in Denver.

Also, doesn't Santonio Holmes have the same thing Clark has? Maybe he should stay in Pittsburgh too.
holmes has the trait. clark has the disease. if you have the genetic trait, you can pass it on to you children (one of santonio's boys has it) but are not afflicted yourself.

from this we can assume clarks father (i think the trait is male dominant, but not certain) had the "trait" but not the disease.

fansince'76
10-27-2009, 12:22 AM
Yea, I don't even think I want to see him dress at all for it.

I don't even want to see him in the city. I am going to the game and if I see him on the sideline, I am gonna drag his ass out to DIA and put him on the plane back to Pittsburgh.

SteelersinCA
10-27-2009, 09:35 AM
That's a good point, if you are affected by the altitude why even go. If you are going to have a heart attack if you run is it wise to skip the run and go for a Big Mac?