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Old 01-06-2010, 05:27 AM   #1
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Default Injury to Steelers' Roethlisberger not serious

Injury to Steelers' Roethlisberger not serious
By Scott Brown
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The injury quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sustained near the end of the Steelers' 30-24 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday is not serious.

"I don't think it's going to be anything that requires a medical procedure of any kind," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday at the news conference that put a wrap on the 2009 season.

Roethlisberger got hurt when Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter landed on his throwing arm while the two were going after a fumble in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger, who passed for 220 yards and three touchdowns, finished the game.

Tomlin said players who were lost before or during the season because of injuries are all doing well. Defensive end Aaron Smith (arm) heads a list that also includes guard Darnell Stapleton (knee) and fullback Sean McHugh (knee).

As for strong safety Troy Polamalu, who missed the Steelers final games because of a strained posterior collateral ligament in his left knee, Tomlin said the five-time Pro Bowler simply didn't respond to medical treatment as quickly as the Steelers had hoped.

"The shame of it is that he was moving around pretty well as the week wore on last week," Tomlin said.

Polamalu has missed 16 games in the three seasons that Tomlin has been head coach.

When asked if the Steelers have to assume Polamalu is going to miss a certain number of games a season because of his playing style, Tomlin said, "I'm not ready to proceed with that."

Polamalu sustained two injuries to his left knee this season. Both happened in games and were a result of what Tomlin called "hazards of the industry"

"If it was a noncontact (injury), maybe I'd have a different approach," Tomlin said of Polamalu's knee injuries.

Tomlin got testy yesterday when asked if the injuries to Smith and Polamalu showed that the Steelers' defense is too reliant on those two players.

"I'm not going to talk about guys who were hurt. I'm so over that. You know me," Tomlin said. "Guys that played are capable of playing above the line."

Scott Brown can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.
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