deja vu, he's got the chronic?
Troy Polamalu’s injured Achilles won’t require surgery
March 11, 2011
Polamalu won’t need surgery to repair an injury to his Achilles’ tendon that he suffered last season. Instead, doctors have prescribed alternative treatment and rehabilitation while he is “under the care” of a team-friendly orthopedic surgeon.
Polamalu had already been dealing with a soleus muscle (calf) injury to the same leg prior to the Achilles' issue. Polamalu will not require surgery to fix either injury. He should be as good as new by training camp.
Polamalu initially hurt the tendon in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 12; he returned a 45-yard interception for a touchdown and, after he scored, got up limping heavily. He never left the game, and eventually recorded another interception, but that would be the last we saw of a healthy Troy in 2010.
Polamalu was never the same after the injury. He lost his game-changing ability, as well as most of his speed. He missed two regular season games before returning for the postseason. In three playoff games, including Super Bowl XLV, Polamalu was mostly invisible — making just 10 tackles and no interceptions.
Now that he’ll have time to nurse the injury, it appears Polamalu will be all systems go in 2011.