Polamalu OK, but done talking

Troy Polamalu (David Richard/AP)

The Pittsburgh Steelers' thoughtful strong safety has had enough of the national spotlight after last week's criticism of the league.

PITTSBURGH – The good news is that Troy Polamalu practiced Wednesday and expects to play Sunday against the New York Giants.

The bad news is that the firestorm Polamalu ignited last week has caused him, one of the team's most interesting players, to temper his comments to the media.

"Take me out of the national spotlight from here on out," Polamalu told a group of reporters. "I'm a boring guy for the rest of my career now."

Polamalu said last week that the league was policing itself into "a pansy game." But he also wondered about former NFL players dying in their 40s and 50s and "how much this really takes out of you." So reporters persisted in attempts to understand the cumulative effect of what now are his seven concussions.

Polamalu suffered a concussion during Sunday's game in Cincinnati while attempting to tackle Cedric Benson. Polamalu's helmet flew off and he appeared dazed for a moment before walking to the sideline, where he remained the rest of the game.

Tomlin called it a concussion, but said on Tuesday that tests were "favorable." After Wednesday's practice, Tomlin said of Polamalu, "Today was a good day but we'll continue to take him day to day. His health and safety are first and foremost. Those decisions will be easy. We'll defer to the decisions of our medical team."

In response to a question about whether he "felt normal," Polamalu said, "I feel good. I think I'm normal. I don't know. We'll see."

When pressed, he said: "Sorry. I told you I'm the most boring guy from here on out."

As the group of reporters thinned, Polamalu did say that in terms of the seven lifelong concussions, "it depends on the intensity. Other than that, take injury questions to Coach T.

"I'm telling you, I'm not in the spotlight anymore. You're not going to get anything out of me."

Why?

"Honestly," he said, "I take a little bit of pride in not being in the spotlight, and then to be kind of being all over the papers (last week), that's not me."

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