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Polamalu likely out again this week

Troy Polamalu conceded today that he might not be healthy enough to play again until the Steelers' regular-season finale on Jan. 3.

The All-Pro safety said he will play when he gets medical clearance to do so, even if the Steelers are out of playoff contention. Polamalu has been out since straining the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee on Nov. 15.

"I'm a football player. I'm not a coach. I'm not a cheerleader," Polamalu said. "What I love to do is play football and to be out there with my brothers."

Polamalu had sustained two injuries to his left knee this season, and they have limited the five-time Pro Bowler to five games.

He leads the Steelers with three interceptions.

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