By Dale Grdnic
PITTSBURGH — Two players returned to the practice field for the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, but safety Troy Polamalu was not among them and that could mean he’ll miss the next game as well.
Since suffering an Achilles-ankle injury several weeks ago, Polamalu has sat out each Wednesday and Thursday practice for the Steelers, but he usually has returned on Friday. That wasn’t the case this week, as Polamalu missed a third straight day and could be held out against the New York Jets Sunday.
The Steelers (10-3) face the Jets (9-4) at 4:15 p.m. at Heinz Field.
Fortunately for the Steelers defense, outside linebacker James Harrison returned after missing two days with an illness. And tight end Heath Miller, who practiced Wednesday and sat out Thursday, also returned. Miller suffered from headaches Thursday after going through a full workout the day before. This is post-concussion syndrome, so he will continue to be monitored closely.
If Polamalu can’t play, second-year pro Ryan Mundy is a possible replacement to join veteran Ryan Clark as safeties in the Steelers’ secondary.
The Steelers have not yet released their game status report.