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mesaSteeler
11-29-2011, 10:54 PM
Bires: Troy & pain
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/steelers/bires-troy-pain/article_6ea8f126-3465-56e4-b880-f43761424e9f.html
Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:19 pm

By Mike Bires mbires@timesonline.com | 1 comment

PITTSBURGH -- Theodora Polamalu didn't receive any phone calls from the Steelers' sideline Sunday night. That doesn't mean she wasn't worried about her husband's latest brush with a concussion.

That's two times in the past six weeks that a blow to the head has left the star safety with what the Steelers call "concussion-like symptoms."

You might recall that costly call Polamalu made to his wife on Oct. 16. In Week 6,

Polamlau was knocked out of the game after a hard hit on Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew in the fourth quarter.

Because of his rather extensive history with brain injuries, Polamalu borrowed a cell from a trainer so he could tell his wife that he was OK. But a week later, Polamalu was back on the field, playing his normal tenacious style of football in Arizona.

Will that be the case Sunday when the Steelers (8-3) host Cincinnati (7-4) in a game of huge importance in the AFC North? Will Polamalu, injured while tackling Steve Maneri after the K.C. tackle caught a short pass, be cleared to play?

The company line Tuesday at Mike Tomlin's press conference was that Polamalu no longer has concussion symptoms.

"All things are positive in terms of his potential participation this week," Tomlin said.

On one hand, there doesn't seem any reason to doubt the Steelers' medical staff. One of their physicians is Dr. Joseph Maroon, a highly-respected neurosurgeon regarded as one of the country's leading authorities when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of concussions.

However, someone within the Steelers' organization told a Pittsburgh sports writer Monday that it's a coincidence and not a pattern that Polamalu has had "concussion-like symptoms" for the second time in six weeks.

Hmm?

Is it really a coincidence that this keeps happening to Polamalu?

According to media reports over the years, Polamalu has had seven confirmed concussions while playing football -- three in high school, two in college while attending Southern Cal, and two with the Steelers (one in 2006, one in 2008).

"I don't have the answer to that," Tomlin said when asked if these two recent head blows will make Polamalu susceptible to another concussion. "I am no medical expert. I think that maybe those guys don't have a definitive answer to that. Obviously, we are sensitive to his concussion history, and we are always going to exercise the necessary precaution when dealing with it."

Even though there's optimism that Polamalu will play Sunday, he won't be officially cleared until he passes more concussion tests later in the week.

Meanwhile, we can only wonder what's going through his head.

He and his wife have two young sons, Paisios, 3, and 1-year-old Ephraim. He's 30 now and in his ninth season of pro football. He's one of the game's most exciting and distinguishable players. He's a multi-millionaire who got a $10.5 million bonus when he signed his new contract in September and he's making $6.4 million in base salary this year.

Considering his history with concussions and these two "concussion-like" injuries the past six weeks, you have to wonder if he'll still be playing in 2014, the last year of his existing contract.

Most importantly, Polamalu can only hope that these latest "concussion-like" head blows don't lead to anything more serious in the future.

FanSince72
11-30-2011, 09:39 AM
Polamalu is like having a Ferrari amidst a fleet of pickup trucks.

It's fun to drive, it's fast and very maneuverable but is generally not very useful for getting work done and spends more time in the shop than on the road.

stb_steeler
11-30-2011, 12:11 PM
Is it that hard to see why Troy has these concussions alot. Using your head to tackle wouldnt have anything to do with it would it.

rondisco
12-01-2011, 04:02 PM
although most have never been documented, Troy has had over 30 concussions, dating back to high school. trust me, i know. he had several undocumented concussions at usc and has had many more with the steelers. in some cases, Troy will be dazed to the point that he is obviously concussed; however, in most cases, Troy will get concussions and play through them. this is not uncommon among hall-of-fame head bangers like Troy. let's just say that Troy and Clark have a special arrangement. Clark is familiar with Troy's concussion frequency so when Troy endures a "less visible concussion" he simply tells Clark to "line him up." Clark will then direct Troy to his duties until Troy regains awareness; sometimes it will take Troy a play or two to gain awareness, other times it may take him an entire series. sometimes after games are played, Troy will literally have no recollection of any of the details of the game. reflecting back on his career, he will have many ghost games.