|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL Safety Troy Polamalu’s Achilles Tendon has gotten the best of him.
In addition to an ankle injury he has been dealing with he announced this week that he will not be on the field for the Thursday night game vs. the Carolina Panthers. He wasn’t in practice since the Jet’s game last weekend. When sports betting consider that the Steelers will miss their interception leader. He’s wracked up 6 so far this season with one which he returned for a touchdown and then there was the sack and fumble recovery, oh and the 62 tackles. Pittsburgh isn’t happy with this lost so close to playoffs.
But, good news for Steelers fans as it isn’t expected that Polamalu will be on the injured reserve list, and it’s looking good that he will be back on the field for the playoffs. An important consideration, because if the Steelers, who are currently 10 and 4, beat the Panthers this Thursday night, on Christmas Eve Eve, and then also beat the Cleveland Browns who are 5 and 9 on the second day of 2011, then the will be the proud champs of the AFC North. All this means they will take their division and the No. 2 seeding in the playoffs, even if the Ravens, who are 10 and 4 beat the Browns and the Bengals.
That’s a lot of motivation, and much needed at this point in the season.
The Steelers are going to need Palamalu in the playoffs, without a doubt. When betting on sports note that they currently rank 24th in pass defense, but have some issues with defending teams that have strong passing skills. But no worries because Carolina does not! Also, the Panthers average of 149.3 passing yards is 32 per game fewer than other teams and rookie QB Jimmy Clausen has become a solid, integral addition to the team.
Polamalu was drafted in the first round (sixteenth overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Steelers. He played college football at the University of Southern California, where he spent his first year at USC as a backup where he became a hybrid player, playing at both safety positions.