Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is expected to return to the team on Sunday and the team will not be monitoring his snaps. If Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s words had any truth, Polamalu will be an important part of the Steelers defense when they take on their division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, for the second time in three weeks.
“I don’t think he will be able to be out there every snap, but he is going to be able to take a significant role,” Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said, via Alan Robinson of thePittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He has been idle for a good while. … He is in good shape. His aerobic conditioning is good, but I think his football conditioning needs some development.”
Polamalu practiced in full this week for the first time since he aggravated his injured calf on October 7th.
With the return of Polamalu, the Steelers will not only receive a dynamic playmaker on the defensive side of the ball, but they will get some much needed leadership returning to the field.