Polamalu, Woodley game-time decisions for Sunday

Ralph N. Paulk
| Friday, Dec. 2, 2011

Strong safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker LaMarr Woodley both are game-time decisions when the Steelers (8-3) face the Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) in a key AFC North game on Sunday at Heinz Field.

Polamalu (head) and Woodley (hamstring) both practiced today. They are listed as probable along with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, center Maurkice Pouncey (illness), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (calf).

Also, wide receiver Arnaz Battle (hamstring) and linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring) will not play. Linebacker Larry Foote was limited in practice, and he's questionable.

Polamalu declined to say whether or not he's still experiencing concussion-like symptoms. He and Woodley said they are cautiously optimistic that they will play, but Polamalu said the final decision will be made by coach Mike Tomlin.

"There is no way I'm going to play if there was any hesitation (from team doctors) or if there are any symptoms of a concussion," Polamalu said. "There is probably no more serious injury anyone can have than a concussion.

"You can function well with arms, legs and shoulders injuries. However, there is a lot of attention brought to this (concussions) than in the past."

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