Steelers notebook: Polamalu, Woodley injured in victory

Ralph N. Paulk
| Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Troy Polamalu tested his tender right calf on Sunday at Heinz Field, but the All-Pro safety couldn't make it through the first quarter before aggravating his calf muscle. He pulled up while chasing down Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy.

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley was sidelined with a right hamstring injury in the second quarter. Woodley missed six of the last eight regular-season games last season with a hamstring injury.

Coach Mike Tomlin said the team's medical staff wasn't sure of the extent of either player's injury.

• The Steelers committed nine penalties for 106 yards, including five in the first half. The most damaging was an illegal formation penalty on wide receiver Mike Wallace that erased a 31-yard run by Rashard Mendenhall. “Obviously, we weren't really sharp early, particularly with some self-inflicted wounds,” Tomlin said. The fans voiced their displeasure with a cascade of boos when guard Willie Colon was hit with one of his three holding penalties (two were declined). “I have to cut that out,” Colon said. “I take all ownership. I'm hurting the team in that regard.”

• Linebacker Larry Foote was thrilled to have James Harrison back on the field. “When I see 92 out there, I'm a confident guy myself, but it goes up a notch,” said Foote, who had two fumble recoveries in the first quarter. “I didn't see (Harrison) getting any sacks, but he was helping Michael Vick up a lot today.”

• The Steelers entered the game averaging a league-worst 2.53 yards per carry. They averaged 4.4 yards against the Eagles — including 5.8 yards per carry for Mendenhall, who finished with 81 yards on 14 attempts.

• The Steelers gave up nine sacks to Philadelphia in their last meeting in 2008, but the Eagles' defense was shut out Sunday. “For the most, (Roethlisberger) had pressure,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “He had to move in the pocket and make his throws where he extended plays.”

• Something had to give in a game that featured the No. 1 third-down offense (Steelers) and No. 1 third-down defense (Philadelphia). The Steelers converted 6 of 14 third downs, the biggest being a 7-yard pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to the Eagles' 31 with 1:53 remaining. It set up Shaun Suisham's game-winning 34-yard field goal. The Eagles were 4 of 10 on third down and 2 of 2 on fourth down.

— Ralph N. Paulk

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