In injury news that will only impact the Steelers-Eagles game if Michael Vick is able to grasp a football and then retain said grasp for a prolonged period of time, Troy Polamalu limped off the field with a calf injury.
In a game that was his first since Week 1 due to the same injury, Polamalu aggravated his calf after just a quarter of play, showing us once again that he’s an increasingly brittle mess at the age of 31. Without his hard-hitting and ball-hawking presence for possibly the rest of the afternoon, both Vick and Eagles receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin will benefit.
That’s again assuming that Vick is able to avoid further embarrassment and execute the basic skill of holding on to a football after fumbling three times (two lost), and once at the Steelers’ three-yard line. He now has 11 turnovers through just 17 quarters of play this year, a crushing trend obviously for Vick owners, but more importantly for anyone who owns anyone on the sputtering and stumbling Eagles offense.
A trio of Steelers are poised to make their return this Sunday when Pittsburgh hosts their state rivals from Philadelphia.
According to ESPN, the Steelers plan to ease running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) into the lineup this week. The key word here is “ease”, and this terrifying word should scare fantasy owners away from starting Mendenhall on Sunday. If you have any other options, you should wait to see how he does this week before you start making him a staple of your starting lineup.
James Harrison & Troy Polamalu
Owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense will be crying tears of joy this weekend because they’ll see the return of linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu.
Polamalu hasn’t played since injuring his calf during the Steelers week one loss to the Broncos and Harrison will be making his season debut after having off-season surgery on his left knee.
This turn of events will also cause Michael Vick owners to squirt a few tears of their own, tears of sadness and dread.
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