Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has not played since Nov. 15.
By Ed Bouchette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Safety Troy Polamalu hopes to return to play "at least" for the Steelers' final game Jan 3 in Miami.
Polamalu has missed the past four games with a sprained PCL in his left knee. The Nov. 15 injury turned out to be worse than the original prognosis of "day to day," Polamalu said today.
"Yeah, it is, definitely.''
He said he is optimistic he will play again this season.
"Hopefully, within the next couple of weeks or hopefully by the Miami game I'll be able to play," Polamalu said while wearing a brace on his left knee.
Asked again if the Jan. 3 game was his target date to return, Polamalu replied "at least. Hopefully before then.'
With his team almost hopelessly out of the playoff race, why would Polamalu want to return for perhaps one game?
"Why not? I'm a football player. I'm not a coach, I'm not a cheerleader. What I love to do is play football, and to be out there with my brothers. That's why. It's irrelevant of playoffs, it's always been irrelevant for me whether or not we got to the Super Bowl or playoffs; it's something I enjoy."
Polamalu missed games two through five with a sprained MCL to the same knee.