Troy Polamalu almost certainly won't play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Steelers probably couldn't have gotten much better news on the knee that the All-Pro safety re-injured earlier this week.
Polamalu strained the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Steelers' 18-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He sprained the medial collateral ligament in that same knee Sept. 10.
Much to the relief of the Steelers, an MRI showed that Polamalu, who left the Bengals game near the end of the first quarter, did not damage the MCL again.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu's status for the 1 p.m. game Sunday is "questionable at best," but he added that the five-time Pro Bowler's injury is not serious.
"More encouraged than I think we initially anticipated," Tomlin said Tuesday. "There is no setback in regards to his MCL. We're going to take it day by day. (The injury) doesn't appear as significant as the MCL he sustained earlier in the season."