Wednesday, December 16, 2009
As expected, the Steelers will be without All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu on Sunday against Green Bay, and coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that left guard Chris Kemoeatu also will miss the game. Kemoeatu has been battling right knee and right wrist injuries.
"It is an accumulation of injuries that has really rendered his play ineffective," Tomlin said.
Kemoeatu missed the Baltimore game Nov. 28 because of a strained MCL but returned against Oakland and Cleveland.
"We have a great deal of admiration for his willingness to play amid the circumstances," Tomlin said, "but just because he is willing doesn't mean it is the right thing to do."
Undrafted rookie free agent Ramon Foster will start in Kemoeatu's place.
» Polamalu will miss his fifth straight game and ninth of the year. He had an MRI on his knee the day before the Cleveland game, and it revealed the injury wasn't healed enough for him to be able to play.