|Polamalu played just one series Sunday but is expected to start against the Bengals this week. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu suffered a head injury during the first series of Sunday night's game against the Chiefs when he went low to tackle Steve Maneri. He spent the rest of the night on the bench with what Pittsburgh called "concussion-like symptoms."
During head coach Mike Tomlin's Tuesday press conference, he said that he expects Polamalu to play Sunday against the Bengals in a big AFC North matchup.
"All things are positive," he said, even though Polamalu must still pass concussion tests later in the week before he'll be allowed to suit up.
Pro Football Talk's Gregg Rosenthal wrote Monday that the "concussion-like symptoms" designation was "just how the Steelers like to classify concussions." Well, not really. Diagnosing a concussion is slightly more complicated than than asking a few questions on the sidelnes before sending a player back in the game.
And whatever the Steelers are calling it, they kept Polamalu on the bench after the hit. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac tweeted Monday that "Polamalu is fine and will play vs. Bengals. He was clear and lucid by halftime but kept out because of league rules."
The Steelers head into their Week 13 matchup at 8-3. Even though they share the same record as the Ravens, they trail them in the division because Baltimore swept the season series. The Bengals, meanwhile, are 7-4. They defeated the Browns last Sunday after back-to-back losses to the Steelers and Ravens. If the season were to end today, all three teams would qualify for the playoffs.
If Polamalu can't play, he'll be replaced by Ryan Mundy, who recorded his first career interception Sunday against the Chiefs.
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