No decision yet from Steelers on safety Clark
Coach Mike Tomlin said starting free safety Ryan Clark's status is still in question for the Steelers' game Monday night in Denver. Doctors have cleared Clark, whose sickle-cell trait and the low altitude in Denver resulted in life-threatening complications two seasons ago, to play against the Broncos.
Tomlin said Tuesday that the Steelers and Clark are still weighing the risks of the eight-year veteran playing in Denver. Tomlin said a final decision won't be made until later in the week.
"We're going to make the decision once, and then we're going to play football," Tomlin said.
· Santonio Holmes also has the sickle-cell trait, but the wide receiver is not susceptible to what Clark suffered in 2007 when the Steelers last played in Denver.
"The difference is, in less than one percent of the people that have it will have the reaction that I had," Clark said. "I just happened to be one of the lucky ones, to be in that one percent. God bless (Holmes) that he doesn't have to go through that and that he can play. It's just different for different people."
· In addition to defensive end Travis Kirschke (calf strain), outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (sprained ankle) is questionable for Monday night's game, Tomlin said.
Offensive lineman Ramon Foster may be limited in practice this week because of back discomfort. Outside linebacker Andre Frazier, a key special-teams player, is expected to suit up in Denver after missing the past two games because of a thigh contusion.
Of the Steelers' overall health, Tomlin said, "We're doing pretty good."
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