The Steelers are shooting for Troy Polamalu's return Oct. 11 against. If he can play by then, he will have missed three full games because of an injured left knee.
He also is not undergoing the therapy that Hines Ward took on his knee before the Super Bowl. Ward, who also had a medial collateral ligament injury, was treated using a hyperbaric oxygen chamber that is supposed to stimulate the production of red blood cells and promote faster healing. Polamalu does not believe it works, believing it can cause harmful side effects.