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Troy Polamalu | Defensive Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/19/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 207
College: USC
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SS Troy Polamalu (knee), ILB Ryan Shazier (ankle) and CB Ike Taylor (arm) are all expected to return for Sunday's Week 13 game against the Saints.
It's a much-needed talent infusion for the Steelers as they come out of their bye. Their defensive unit has been getting shredded for much of the year, even struggling to contain the likes of Zach Mettenberger and Michael Vick recently. Polamalu is no longer a dominator at age 33, but he'll add playmaking ability as he comes off his knee sprain. Shazier's sideline-to-sideline speed jumps off the screen and Ike Taylor at least gives veteran experience opposite William Gay. The Steelers are also expected to get OLB Jarvis Jones (wrist) and DL Steve McLendon (shoulder) back shortly. Nov 25 - 10:32 AM

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Steelers declared S Troy Polamalu, LB Ryan Shazier, CB Ike Taylor, DL Steve McLendon, and S Shamarko Thomas inactive for Monday night's Week 11 game against the Titans.

All five are injured. Polamalu is expected back after the Week 12 bye.
Nov 17 - 7:07 PM

The Steelers expect Troy Polamalu (knee) to return in Week 13.

Polamalu has been ruled out for Monday night, but should return following the Steelers' bye. Will Allen started opposite Mike Mitchell last week and should continue to play the majority of snaps.
Nov 15 - 6:47 PM

Troy Polamalu (knee), Ryan Shazier (ankle) and Ike Taylor (arm) have all been ruled out for Monday night's game at Tennessee.

An already leaky Steelers defense will continue to trudge on without three of their better players. The loss of Polamalu and Shazier is especially concerning, as it saps the unit of both speed and playmaking ability. We saw that on full display in a loss to the Jets Sunday that could have been much worse if Michael Vick kept his foot on the gas.
Nov 11 - 12:31 PM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (knee) won't play in Sunday's Week 10 game against the Jets.

Polamalu sprained his knee in Sunday night's win over the Ravens. This will mark the first game the former All-Pro has missed all season, leaving Will Allen to step in.
Nov 4 - 12:18 PM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu left Sunday night's Week 9 game against the Ravens with a sprained knee.

He's been ruled out for the rest of the game. Will Allen is expected to take over for Polamalu at strong safety. With Ryan Shazier also injured, the Steelers are down two starters on defense.
Nov 2 - 10:33 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "best guess" is 2014 will be SS Troy Polamalu's final NFL season.

It's an interesting projection after the Steelers signed Polamalu to a new three-year, $20 million contract in March, though that same deal considerably lowered his salary cap number. Polamalu is under contract for 2015 and 2016 at reasonable base salaries of $6 million and $5.75 million. Now 33 years old, Polamalu finished 2013 as a top-five safety per Pro Football Focus.
May 23 - 1:48 PM

Steelers signed SS Troy Polamalu to a new three-year, $20 million contract.

It's a two-year extension that also lowers Polamalu's 2014 cap number. GM Kevin Colbert signed both Polamalu and Heath Miller to extensions through 2016 on Wednesday. Polamalu was previously scheduled to earn an $8.25 million base salary in 2014 and count over $10.8 million against the cap. Polamalu started all 16 games in 2013 and remains a high-impact defender, even if the pieces around him in Pittsburgh have diminished over the years.
Mar 5 - 1:23 PM

A source tells ESPN that the Steelers will not release SS Troy Polamalu this offseason.

Per Adam Schefter, the "Rooney family is too loyal and Polamalu has been too valuable." Of course, this doesn't mean the 32-year-old won't be asked to take a pay cut on his $8.25 million base salary. The Steelers currently have the least cap space in the entire league.
Mar 5 - 8:02 AM

Owner Art Rooney II has made it his "goal" to ensure SS Troy Polamalu retires as a Steeler.

Pittsburgh could save $8 million under the salary cap by releasing Polamalu, but Rooney's comments indicate that won't even be a consideration, for better or worse. Polamalu turns 33 in April and has an $8.25 million base salary. He's increasingly become a deficient coverage safety. Polamalu did play a full 16-game season in 2013, forcing seven turnovers with a 19-yard pick six.
Feb 16 - 1:55 PM

Troy Polamalu is hoping to honor his 2014 contract with the Steelers.

Coming off a surprisingly healthy season that saw the 32-year-old play in all 16 games, Polamalu will not be retiring. The issue is his non-guaranteed $8.25 million 2014 salary and the Steelers' messy cap situation. It's possible the future Hall of Famer will be asked to take a pay cut even though he's graded out as a top-six safety among 88 qualifiers per Pro Football Focus. If Polamalu refuses, the Steelers will have a decision on their hands. Last year, they let Jerome Harrison walk after he balked at a pay cut.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 12:02:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Steelers SS Troy Polamalu will have to play "very well" down the stretch to ensure his roster spot for 2014.

The same is reportedly true of FS Ryan Clark. Polamalu is signed for a non-guaranteed $8.25 million in 2014. At least thus far, Polamalu has stayed healthy this season after missing nine games in 2012, though he's not playing at the elite level he did in the mid-2000s. Polamalu has graded out a solid, but not spectacular, 12th in Pro Football Focus' safety ratings. With Polamalu going on 33, it's not inconceivable the aging Steelers will opt to go in a different direction this offseason. That being said, it's still more likely than not Polamalu remains a Steeler in 2014.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 06:41:00 PM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu says he's fully recovered from the calf injury that cost him nine games and parts of others last season.

"I feel great standing here right now," he said. "How I felt in the past, I don't have too much memory of that." The 32-year-old has been "pacing" himself in camp, and the Steelers are planning to give Polamalu plenty of rest. Pittsburgh has an aging roster, but the team should have one more playoff run in it.
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 01:11:00 PM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu is reportedly in his best shape since his days at USC.

The Steelers kick off OTAs on Tuesday. Polamalu missed nine games with a lingering calf injury last season, and the team needs him to be on the field more this year. Three of the Steelers' starting four defensive backs -- Polamalu, FS Ryan Clark, and RCB Ike Taylor -- are all over the age of 32.
Mon, May 20, 2013 08:29:00 PM

Steelers DC Dick LeBeau believes Troy Polamalu can play at a high level for "several more years."

Although he'll be 32 in April, Polamalu continues to operate at a high level. The problem has been ongoing lower-leg injuries which cost him nine games in 2012. "He has a lot of tremendous football talent still in him," LeBeau said. "Once he got back on the field, I couldn't see any difference in his play than when he was winning the Defensive Player of the Year award." Polamalu is signed through 2014.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 11:35:00 AM