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There's a chance Polamalu will play against Cleveland

Injured strong safety Troy Polamalu could return for the regular-season finale Sunday in Cleveland, a game the Steelers likely have to win to capture the AFC North title and the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Polamalu, who is likely to be named to his sixth Pro Bowl tonight when rosters for the annual all-star contest are announced, has missed the last two games with a lower leg injury.

“Troy's improving,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said today at his weekly news conference. “It's not out of the realm of possibility that he could play (in Cleveland) and if he's healthy he will.”

Tomlin said Polamalu will rest Wednesday and Thursday and then try to practice Friday. A decision on his availability, Tomlin said, will be based on how Polamalu's leg responds to practice.

When asked yesterday if he expects Polamalu to play against the 5-10 Browns, inside linebacker James Farrior said, “Doesn't look good but you never know.”

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