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Old 10-31-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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Steelers' Clark: Docs say I can play at Denver
Saturday, October 31, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Steelers safety Ryan Clark said today he's been cleared by doctors to play but remains unsure whether he will take the field in Denver a week from tomorrow.

"Basically, I've been cleared by all the doctors but the decision still hasn't been made," Clark said this afternoon in an interview on ESPN Radio 1250. "We still have time. Obviously it's a Monday night game, so it's a long way from now."

Clark has sickle-cell trait and his blood reacted so poorly in the exertion of playing in the thin Denver air with the Steelers in 2007 that he became almost deathly ill after the game. He wound up having his spleen and gall bladder removed, lost 30 pounds and missed the second half of the 2007 season.

He's been consulting with his doctors for a while about whether he can play in Denver again. He said he will practice all week and at some point decide whether to play.

"Coach and I have talked about it, the doctors talked abut it, my wife and I. We'll figure it out," Clark said in the radio interview. "I'll be there either way. I'll be at the game.

"When the decision is made, I'll let coach decide when to tell the media and everybody whether or not I'm going to play, and I'm going to kind of stay out of it from that standpoint, but I will make the decision.

"If we find out there is a risk, then I'm not going to play. Unless I can be told, 'Hey, you're fine, there's nothing going to happen to any other organs,' then I'm going to play, I'll go try to hurt people and have a great time.

"But if there are any unsure moments about it, I'll sit on the sidelines and wear a hat and coach."

Clark gave an interesting reason why he wants to play in Denver.

"I think kind of the competitor in me, the ego of a football player, it's not so much I want to go beat the Broncos, as I would like to come back fully from a situation that brught me near death and kind of conquer playing in a place that made me ill in that kind of way.

"But you have to take yourself out of it from that standpoint, realize you do have children, you do have a life and you have a career that you would like to be long, so you want to come out healthy."

While he said doctors may have cleared him, they still have not done so to his satisfaction.

"That's understanding the situation enough to know nothing's going to happen to me," Clark explained. "I mean, you can hear certain things, they can put papers in front of you and tests in front of you, but until you're completely comfortable with what you're hearing, it's going to be a tough decision.

"And right now I haven't taken in enough information to make a decision either way."
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:15 PM   #2
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"We're not going to turn our backs on him," Ward said. "We're going to treat him like our brother. We're going to accept him back and be very supportive of him and help him get through this. In this locker room, he's still our quarterback."

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I can see him suiting up, and sitting on the sidelines.

Play him in certain situations. Third down and longs, Late in the quarter and half...

Situations where there are going to be more throws deep.

However, I REALLY don't want him playing.
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"I'll be there either way. I'll be at the game."

He shouldn't make the trip if he's not going to play. That's my two cents.
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"I'll be there either way. I'll be at the game."

He shouldn't make the trip if he's not going to play. That's my two cents.
Just hope he's not doing something he shouldn't.
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"I'll be there either way. I'll be at the game."

He shouldn't make the trip if he's not going to play. That's my two cents.
i agree. What the heck are you risking your life for sitting on the sidelines (albeit, watching your teammates). Heck, he might as well play if that's the case. But really, i dont want him to be anywhere near Denver when we play the Broncos. If the doctors say it's ok, it probably is, but there's way too much risk riding on the one game that i think he should just sit his butt home and watch us on t.v. Please don't give us a scare like last time.
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I don't think the trip is the problem but the exertion in that altitude is.

What did I get out of the article? Ryan's wife hasn't convinced him not to play yet.
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I rather he sit out. I don't want him to risk his health. Mundy would get the start or Carter?
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Don't Play!

It's not worth it.
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i think PFT said it best (for once). the Steelers should make the decision for him and not let him play. he gives it his all for this team week in and week out.. he is probably the nicest player to the fans on the entire team. i don't want to see him go out there and get sick or hurt.. and i don't think the Steelers should let him contemplate over this kind of a decision.

and he is the last person that should be trusting what doctors tell him.. and it sounds like he knows it too. after all, it was the Steelers doctors who misdiagnosed him and could have in effect killed him had he not gotten a second opinion.
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