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Steelers safety expected to play this week

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By Scott Brown
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
 

The Steelers expect to have one of their most indispensable players Sunday when they visit Arizona.

All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu is likely to play against the Cardinals after passing a concussion test.

"We anticipate him practicing (Wednesday) and moving on throughout the week like everyone else on our football team," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "He met with our neurosurgeons, and they are very comfortable with where he is."

Polamalu, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, left last Sunday's 17-13 win over Jacksonville after taking out the legs of Maurice Jones-Drew and stopping the Jaguars running back for no gain.

It happened with a little less than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Steelers sat Polamalu, who exhibited concussion-like symptoms, for the rest of the game as a precaution.

Polamalu has a history of concussions dating back to high school. That is something that could indirectly lead to the six-time Pro Bowler getting fined by the NFL.

After getting hurt, Polamalu borrowed a cell phone from one of the team doctors to call his wife, Theodora. He violated league rules by making a call from the sidelines, and an NFL spokesman said Polamalu is subject to a fine for the transgression.

Tomlin said he hopes "common sense would prevail" when the league decides whether or not to fine Polamalu.

"It wasn't a personal call. He wasn't checking on his bank account," Tomlin said. "He was talking to his wife to let her know that he was fine."

Polamalu was fined $15,0000 earlier this season for making a horse-collar tackle in a Sept. 11 game against the Ravens.

When asked if he will have an issue if the league fines Polamalu for the phone call, Tomlin said, "I don't have a problem with anything. I'm not anticipating anything. All I said was I would hope common sense prevails in an era of player safety such as we're in."

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