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Polamalu and Kreider should both be "fine" for Sun (1 Viewer)

Frenchy Fuqua

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Cowher expects Polamalu, Kreider to play Sunday

Friday, February 03, 2006

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By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DETROIT -- All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu and fullback Dan Kreider should be recovered enough from their injuries to start in Sunday's Super Bowl, Steelers Coach Bill Cowher said this morning.

Appearing at his final press conference before the game, Cowher revealed that an MRI on Polamalu's injured ankle last night showed no damage. Polamalu left practice yesterday when the ankle was injured and was listed as "probable" for the game against the Seahawks.

"Everything came back negative -- or positive from our standpoint,'' Cowher said. "There is nothing really there. We'll see how he feels today and monitor how much he does today. He should be fine for Sunday."

Cowher also gave a good report on Kreider, who has not practiced this week because of a knee injury and is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Kreider was injured in the AFC championship game in Denver.

"Dan's going to work today,'' Cowher said. "I think he'll be fine. I'm very encouraged by his situation."

Cowher took questions from the press for 15 minutes and was followed by Seattle coach Mike Holmgren, giving their final interviews of the week.

"All the talk is almost over,'' Cowher said. "We can now go out and play the game."

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More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 
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Mark Madden, ESPN Pittsburgh radio personality, just reported 5 minutes ago that "a little birdie" called him from Detroit last night and told him that the Polamalu injury is more serious than the Steelers are letting on.He said that Polamalu will probably play but will be "limited" in what he can do.Madden is a huge Penguins fan and disses the Steelers and especially the Pirates whenever he can so he just might be trying whip up the listeners to liven up his radio show or he might be on the up-and-up.

 
Mark Madden, ESPN Pittsburgh radio personality, just reported 5 minutes ago that "a little birdie" called him from Detroit last night and told him that the Polamalu injury is more serious than the Steelers are letting on.

He said that Polamalu will probably play but will be "limited" in what he can do.

Madden is a huge Penguins fan and disses the Steelers and especially the Pirates whenever he can so he just might be trying whip up the listeners to liven up his radio show or he might be on the up-and-up.
He just had a heart-attack no?If Troy is slowed down at all, this could have a major impact on the game. Not good. :cry:

 
He just had a heart-attack no?

If Troy is slowed down at all, this could have a major impact on the game. Not good. :cry:
Yep, he had a heart attack on Friday. I was surprised he came back so soon.I am listening right now and he is saying the Steelers are in big trouble if Polamalu's injury worse than being reported and that they are only a Willie Parker fumble away from losing the game.

 
He just had a heart-attack  no?

If Troy is slowed down at all, this could have a major impact on the game.  Not good.  :cry:
Yep, he had a heart attack on Friday. I was surprised he came back so soon.I am listening right now and he is saying the Steelers are in big trouble if Polamalu's injury worse than being reported and that they are only a Willie Parker fumble away from losing the game.
Parker is the forgotten man so far it seems. Hopefully he cures his fumblitis that he caught in Denver before Sunday.
 
Madden reporting that the Steelers are in trouble may be the best news a Steeler fan can hear. The guy has less credibility than Mike Tice.

 
Definitely keep an eye on the betting line. If the injury is serious and word leaks out to the serious betters, the line is going to move.

 
Mark Madden, ESPN Pittsburgh radio personality, just reported 5 minutes ago that "a little birdie" called him from Detroit last night and told him that the Polamalu injury is more serious than the Steelers are letting on.

He said that Polamalu will probably play but will be "limited" in what he can do.

Madden is a huge Penguins fan and disses the Steelers and especially the Pirates whenever he can so he just might be trying whip up the listeners to liven up his radio show or he might be on the up-and-up.
The "little birdie" is likely Tim Benz, who constantly strives to prove his objectivity in his reports and commentary concerning Pittsburgh sports by taking the negative view whenever possible. He succeeds in not being a homer, but in the process, he remains just as inaccurate in his analysis.However, any injury to Polamalu figures to hurt his ability to perform at his highest level, so this clearly hurts the Steelers.

 
Madden reporting that the Steelers are in trouble may be the best news a Steeler fan can hear. The guy has less credibility than Mike Tice.
Maybe but you have to admit he did a good job with his prediction at the beginning of the year. He said the Steelers would make the superbowl this year but they would do it in untraditional form. He said their record would be 10-6 and they'd end up having to win on the road in the playoffs. They'd be better off because they'd be battle tested and would go on to win the superbowl. His prediction is looking pretty good right now.
 
Madden reporting that the Steelers are in trouble may be the best news a Steeler fan can hear. The guy has less credibility than Mike Tice.
Maybe but you have to admit he did a good job with his prediction at the beginning of the year. He said the Steelers would make the superbowl this year but they would do it in untraditional form. He said their record would be 10-6 and they'd end up having to win on the road in the playoffs. They'd be better off because they'd be battle tested and would go on to win the superbowl. His prediction is looking pretty good right now.
In 2004 he predicted the Steelers to go 5-11 and they went 15-1.Given the Steelers tougher perceived schedule in 2005 vs 2004 it was not a bold prediction to make and if you factor out Ben's injury the Steelers probably go 13-3. Still he did make the prediction so I will give him credit and I definitely hope his prediction on the Steelers winning the Super Bowl holds up.

Madden really knows his hockey, I will give him that. For baseball and football he is no better than any other schmuck.

 
This is going to give the Stillers fans some ammo in case the defense falls apart on Sunday. I, for one, hope the kid plays because he will make the game more entertaining. Maybe if he gets a haircut, it'll decrease some of the weight on his joints and make it easier for him to play on that ankle ... he's gotta have at least 20 pounds of mop up top.

 
Madden reporting that the Steelers are in trouble may be the best news a Steeler fan can hear. The guy has less credibility than Mike Tice.
Maybe but you have to admit he did a good job with his prediction at the beginning of the year. He said the Steelers would make the superbowl this year but they would do it in untraditional form. He said their record would be 10-6 and they'd end up having to win on the road in the playoffs. They'd be better off because they'd be battle tested and would go on to win the superbowl. His prediction is looking pretty good right now.
In 2004 he predicted the Steelers to go 5-11 and they went 15-1.Given the Steelers tougher perceived schedule in 2005 vs 2004 it was not a bold prediction to make and if you factor out Ben's injury the Steelers probably go 13-3. Still he did make the prediction so I will give him credit and I definitely hope his prediction on the Steelers winning the Super Bowl holds up.

Madden really knows his hockey, I will give him that. For baseball and football he is no better than any other schmuck.
Not to mention that an actual 10-6 record would have seen them miss the playoffs as KC would have won the tiebreaker.
 
Mark madden is the most annoying person on the Pittsburgh airwaves and seems to talk just to hear his own voice.

 
Madden reporting that the Steelers are in trouble may be the best news a Steeler fan can hear. The guy has less credibility than Mike Tice.
Maybe but you have to admit he did a good job with his prediction at the beginning of the year. He said the Steelers would make the superbowl this year but they would do it in untraditional form. He said their record would be 10-6 and they'd end up having to win on the road in the playoffs. They'd be better off because they'd be battle tested and would go on to win the superbowl. His prediction is looking pretty good right now.
And last year before the season started he said Pittsburgh should start rebuilding because they had no shot at the Super Bowl.
 
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/spor...websuper03.html

Cowher said that contrary to a pool report issued on Thursday, Polamalu did not get hurt in practice.

"He just woke up yesterday (Thursday) and it was sore,'' Cowher said. "He didn't really turn it or anything. It may have been more just working on a different surface, I think, than what we usually work on back in Pittsburgh.

"I'm hopeful that he'll be fine and ready to go Sunday,'' Cowher said.

Cowher also gave a good report on fullback Dan Kreider, who has not practiced this week because of a knee injury and is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Kreider was injured in the AFC championship game in Denver.

"Dan's going to work today,'' Cowher said. "I think he'll be fine. I'm very encouraged by his situation."

There both going to play, the media is just digging for something to report.

 
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/spor...websuper03.html

There both going to play, the media is just digging for something to report.
Correct on both counts. Yet the key issue to me is not if Polamalu plays, but rather how effective he can be. A large part of his game is quickness and burst. At the very least, he may be less effective moving quickly in one direction or the other. At worst, he will have lesser mobility than normal for the entire game. There could be real consequences.Who knows how this could impact the game? The cut on Nick Harper's knee appeared to be a non-issue once he started the game. But can you be 100% certain it didn't affect his ability to run back Bettis' fumble?

By Sunday night, we'll know the answer. Interestingly, in a strange way, if Polamalu is less aggressive as a result of the injury, it could actually help his ability to prevent Alexander's typical cutbacks. So it could be a tradeoff in the end. Less big plays made by Polamalu, less big runs by Alexander. Who knows?

 
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/spor...websuper03.html

Cowher said that contrary to a pool report issued on Thursday, Polamalu did not get hurt in practice.

"He just woke up yesterday (Thursday) and it was sore,'' Cowher said. "He didn't really turn it or anything. It may have been more just working on a different surface, I think, than what we usually work on back in Pittsburgh.

"I'm hopeful that he'll be fine and ready to go Sunday,'' Cowher said.

Cowher also gave a good report on fullback Dan Kreider, who has not practiced this week because of a knee injury and is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Kreider was injured in the AFC championship game in Denver.

"Dan's going to work today,'' Cowher said. "I think he'll be fine. I'm very encouraged by his situation."

There both going to play, the media is just digging for something to report.
:thumbup: :thumbup: :scared:
 
FWIW, Just heard on Pittsburgh radio that Polamalu went thru 30 minutes of practice today without incident. Supposedly, he was running and cutting fine. Again, I say, who knows?

 
My experience is that sprained ankles either hold you out or have no effect once you lace 'em upSprained my ankle all the time playing bball - it'd be sore as hell and then I'd put the sneaks on and start warming up - by the time I was in a game it didn't affect me.The one time I did sprain it badly I was out for a few months = there was a HUGE difference - no way was I playing any sport

 

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