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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: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

Its not just a game.


Idiot.



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

Well first yes their is a Law with-in OSAH basically it states that an employer can't make an employee do a job that is a know medical threat to him/her.

Some of you guys really are funny look it's a bloody game what is more important one's life of going out and playing a game. Yea save it's his job crap.



Since: May 8, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:13 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

He is leading the Steelers in tackles just wanted to throw that out there to u




Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:13 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

Its not just a game.


And he's got life insurance so his family is protected.


The NFL is a brothahood and he's letting his brothas down.


Ryan Clark is a loser and Tomlin should be fired for enabling him. 



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

I was hoping that you were just misunderstanding Tomlin, but actually you proved that you are just an idiot that does not understand life and death situations unless of course it directly effects you.  No job would put a person at risk like that because of a health condition.  Yes there are many jobs that you could lose your life and football is one of them.  But a life threating reaction to elevation due to a trait that you carry is not one of the reasons that is acceptable.  It is people like you that would want people fired if he did play and died from it.  Your troll self would be on here wanting every person in the front office fired for letting it happen.  Go do your job and enjoy the game for what it is... A GAME.





Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

Couldn't he just walk across the field prior to the game and ask Tebow to heal him?




Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

Couldn't he just walk across the field prior to the game and ask Tebow to heal him?




Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

I'd hardly consider Ryan Clark as being one of their 2 best players.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:56 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

Couldn't he just walk across the field prior to the game and ask Tebow to heal him?



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:55 pm
 

Tomlin: Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

We don't need clark on the field to whip Denver.  Teblow will get a beating next week.  


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