Troy Unconcerned

Troy Polamalu won't play in this game, or the next two or three, but he has no concerns his calf injury will end his career. "No, not at all," became something of a stock answer from Polamalu on Wednesday, as was "anabolic steroids and human growth hormone" in the following Q&A with the mob:

Troy Polamalu, safety, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q. Is there any real treatment other than rest for a calf?

A. Yeah, just doing whatever the training staff and coaches are allowing me to do and telling me to do.

Q. Ice or whatever? Is it stem treatment?

A. Um, yeah it's a lot of different things, a little anabolic steroids, human growth hormone (chuckles).

Q. On the belief that the slow start has knocked the Steelers out of the race:

A. To be honest that may be the outside perspective. In here we're always optimistic. I think sports in general teaches you that. So we'll see at the end of the year how everything comes out. Right now we're just 2 and 3 and we've got a tremendous opportunity in front of us.

Q. So reports of your demise have been greatly exaggerated?

A. I don't pay attention to reports.

Q. What do you think about going to London to play next year?

A. That's next year.

Q. That didn't catch your eye?

A. No, not at all.

Q. Have you noticed anything different out of Ike Taylor this year?

A. No.

Q. He seems to be getting thrown on successfully more than we're used to seeing.

A. Last game that was the case for sure, but I don't know. Sometimes they do that.

Q. Any concerns about him getting over that and bouncing back?

A. No, not at all.

Q. Is there any fear or angst with you that this injury could be lingering, even something that could affect the rest of your career?

A. No, not at all.

Q. Sorry, but I just got here and I'm sure someone else asked, but is there anything other than rest that can enhance the healing process of your calf?

A. Yeah, definitely.

Q. What might those things be?

A. Well, like I said earlier, anabolic steroids and human growth hormone. (Pause) No, just normal stuff: treatment, massage, stretching, strengthening with different techniques. Not to get too technical, but all of that.

Q. In hindsight, did you come back too quickly?

A. No, I don't think so. I felt really good. I felt as good as I had in a while. I was ready.

Q. You felt as explosive as normal?

A. Yeah, I felt good out there.

Q. Is it related to the Achilles' injury?

A. It's the same side.

Q. The knee was hurt on the same side as the Achilles' tendon and now the ankle. Do you have a gut feeling that it's all related?

A. I'm not aware of the right knee.

Q. From the field goal block.

A. That was the left knee.

Q. OK. So much for that theory.

A. Well, that actually would maybe further prove your point. The body always compensates and it compensates from the ground up. So if our left toe hurts, it'll compensate to maybe the right ankle, right calf; the left knee to the right hip; all the way up your body.

Q. Do you agree with that line of thinking 100 percent? Or have you noticed variances?

A. That is basic sports physiology knowledge.

Q. Does this have you re-thinking at all how you train?

A. No.

Q. Because you do train differently than other people do.

A. Hm-hmmm.

Q. Of course other people never get hurt (chuckles).

A. Hm-hmmm. Of course, other people aren't covering receivers and getting run over by running backs, too (chuckles).


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