Steelers S Troy Polamalu Could Sit For Rest of Season

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu's Achilles' injury is expected to keep him out of tomorrow's game against the New York Jets.

According to Scott Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers' playoff-positioning will be a determining factor in whether or not Polamalu plays in the final two games of the regular season.

At 10-3, the Steelers have a one-game lead over the Baltimore Ravens, who host the red-hot New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Should the Steelers get by the struggling Jets, and the Ravens lose to the Saints, a two-game lead in the AFC North standings will assuredly prompt the Steelers to sit Polamalu next Thursday night against a one-win Carolina Panthers team.

Pittsburgh finishes the regular season in Cleveland on January 2, a game that may have no bearing on the Steelers' playoff-seeding.

After missing 11 games in 2009, Polamalu has started all 13 games, totaling 62 tackles, 1 quarterback sack, and 6 interceptions in a season that has him firmly in the discussion for the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.

If Polamalu does sit, Ryan Mundy will start at free safety.

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