Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tomlin Tuesday: Cautiously Optimistic About Troy

It was reasonable to expect the health of Troy Polamalu to be the first topic of discussion today in Mike Tomlin's weekly news conference.

Interestingly, however, as if to downplay the seriousness of Polamalu's "concussion-like symptoms," Tomlin opened his news conference not by discussing injuries as he usually does, but by singling out a heretofore unheralded Bengals slot receiver by the name of Andrew Hawkins, an NFL rookie with two years experience in the Canadian Football League and four years at the University of Toledo.

Joey Porter's Pit Bulls are not thinking about Andrew Hawkins, who might as well be former Steeler Courtney Hawkins. We don't care about Andrew Hawkins, whom Tomlin mentioned in the same breath as Wes Welker, for crying out loud.

We do care about Troy Polamalu, and Tomlin suggested he is cautiously optimistic Polamalu will be fine.

“If we are going to err, we are going to err on the side of caution when it comes to health, particularly from a head injury standpoint," Tomlin said. "I have no issue with that. We lean on the expert advice of our medical staff. Troy’s been good. We anticipate it being a non-issue moving forward this week.”

Let's hope so.

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