Q&A: Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu must be getting close to returning from his second knee injury because he appeared in the locker room Tuesday and spoke with reporters.

Troy Polamalu, SS, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: What's your experience with missing play calls?

A: Sometimes you fall into big plays when you don't have the right call.

Q: What do you do when you don't get the call?

A: Sometimes I just blitz. Sometimes I just run deep. Like I said, sometimes you fall into making a great play when you get the wrong call, or don't get a call at all.

Q: Does the communication come from James Farrior?

A: No, the whole defense has to communicate.

Q: Are you close to playing?

A: God willing some time soon, but I don't know.

Q: Is the knee feeling better?

A: Thank God with time it is getting better.

Q: Could you have played in the recent games?

A: Yeah I think I could get out there and play. I don't think I could be a help at all to our team in my current condition.

Q: Is the fact you're not playing more precautionary than anything?

A: Not really. I think that if I really feel I can help the team out I would be out there playing.

Q: What do you think of the team's play lately?

A: I think we've played OK. I think we've missed out on a lot of opportunities at the end of the game. We've played pretty well for three and a half quarters, but I guess it's just those last drives that have been getting to us.

Q: What's the problem?

A: It's not the same thing every week, which may be disappointing because there'd probably be an easy band-aid to cover that mistake, but I don't know. I think we're all searching for answers.

Q: The numbers say you would make a difference.

A: No. I don't think any one player would make a difference. Honestly I think it's irrelevant whether or not I'm in there.

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