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Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:59 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 1:05 pm
 
Pittsburgh will be short-handed in the secondary when they face Denver Sunday. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The Steelers will face the Broncos in the wild-card round Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET and they'll do it without two of their best players. Running back Rashard Mendenhall tore his ACL against the Browns in Week 17 and his season is over. Safety Ryan Clark is healthy, at least as sea level, but a sickle-cell trait that is triggered at high altitudes will keep him on the bench in Denver (elevation 5,280 feet).

According to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Chuck Finder, head coach Mike Tomlin said during his Tuesday press conference that playing Clark wasn’t worth the risk, especially since Clark lost a spleen and gall bladder after playing in Denver in 2007.

Pittsburgh's coach called it an "easy decision," adding “I met with Ryan Clark yesterday and informed him I’m not going to let him play for obvious reasons. It is a big game for us, but it is a game. We’ll keep it in perspective.”

Clark tweeted Tuesday: "Well I guess we all know now. I will not be playing. Glad that it's out now. So no more questions to ask. Thanks for your concern!"

Ryan Mundy, the team's 2008 sixth-round pick out of West Virginia, is expected to fill in for Clark. Mundy has two career starts, both coming in 2010 filling in for an injured Troy Polamalu. He has one career interception, which came in Week 12 against the Chiefs, as well as a 33-yard reception on a fake punt earlier this season against the Titans.

The Steelers traveled to Denver for a 2010 preseason game and Clark didn't play then, either. He worked out on the field before kickoff without incident but the fear of damage to his brain and/or heart clearly wasn't worth the potential consequences.

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Comments

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:47 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

It's a big loss, but the right move my Tomlin.  I disagree the Steelers don't need Ryan.  I think he was their defensive MVP this year and the way the offense is going, this will probably be a low scoring game.  The Steeler D will need to win this game and they will be depleted in the secondary. 

Hope they don't overlook the Broncos and we have a repeat of the Saints/Seahawk game from last year.



Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

Sickle cell is probably going to lead to his death anyway.



Go out a hero and play in Denver Clark.  



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

CACA you are a complete As%$#(*  

Clark nearly died in 2007 when the condition first presented itself, losing his spleen and gall bladder in addition to losing 30 pounds.

You should be subject to the same and lets see how you fair.

GO POST SOMEWHERE ELSE  

GO STEELERS  



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:43 pm
 

One less pick for Tebow

Maybe only 3 now.



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

Wow! I cant really believe someone would be stupid and ignorant enough to make a comment like that. Bit then again, his name is CacaFaced so I guess it shouldnt surprise me. And he is a Denver fan at that! You would think he wouldn't want Clark to play?!!

IDIOT!!!



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:39 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

...excuse me, but did not this man lose a spleen and gall bladder after playing in the high altitude in '07!  Damn... the world is so full of idiots... fu** this game Ryan...Live on!!!  Pitts fan since 76' "go steelers"!!!




Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:37 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

Real classy cacafaced.  Someone sits out one game due to a medical condition and your first thought is to compare him to a welfare case?  Your screen name truly fits your personality.



Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

they wont need him.  its the broncos. they could rest half their team and win.



Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

how dumb are you cacafaced? he leads the steelers in tackles and denver is the only place he cant play.



Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:27 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

so you're going to pay the guy to sit on his ass and be sick?


cut him.


he's worse than a welfare recipient


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