Steelers rule out Clark against Broncos

As we reported last week, Steelers safety Ryan Clark will not play in Monday night’s game against the Denver Broncos, according to a league source.

The team said it would make an annoucment on Clark Monday night. He was officially listed as questionable.

Despite Clark lobbying the team to play, the Steelers were not inclined to let him risk potential serious complications. Clark has a rare sickle-cell trait that can trigger life-threatening complications at altitude, and had to have his spleen and gallbladder removed after he played there in 2007. Doctors, however, had already cleared Clark to participate in the game, citing a low risk of him experiencing those same chronic issues again.

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