Polamalu has sprained MCL, but severity unknown

PITTSBURGH — Injured Steelers safety Troy Polamalu wasn’t in the locker room following the season-opening victory over the Titans tonight. His locker was empty by the time the media was allowed in the room.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu has a sprained medial collateral ligament, but he noted that saying anything else would be “speculation.” Tomlin explained that MCL sprains usually take three to six weeks to recover from, but he refused to further elaborate about Polamalu.

Polamalu injured his left knee just before halftime against the Titans when he attempted to recover a blocked field-goal attempt. Titans TE Alge Crumpler landed on the outside of Polamalu’s knee, bending it awkwardly inside. Polamalu left the sideline before the end of the half and didn’t return.

Steelers safety Ryan Clark said “to see his emotion on the injury was tough. Everybody needs to plug in and hold on until he gets back.”

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