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Steelers to keep Polamalu
Loyalty usually isn't a two-way street in professional sports, but the case of Troy Polamalu and the Steelers may be an exception to that rule. Despite needing to create salary-cap space, the Steelers will not release Polamalu, citing the Rooney family's loyalty to the veteran safety. Polamalu has essentially been the face (and hair) of the Steelers' franchise since being drafted in 2003, and imagining him in a uniform other than Steelers black and gold is almost unthinkable. His production has been declining, however, and given that he'll be 33 this season, the Steelers might end up regretting their otherwise-admirable allegiance to one of their all-time greats.
The Steelers are 3-1 to start the season, despite playing everyone this side of Bubby Brister and Mike Tomczak at quarterback while waiting for Ben Roethlisberger's suspension to run its course. Considering they didn't fare nearly as well during Troy Polamalu's extended injury absence last season, is it fair to suggest that the guy with the famous hair is the most valuable player on what the experts (and SportsNation) rank as the league's No. 1 team?
And if all of that is true, well, shouldn't Polamalu be in the MVP debate?
Mort: all things being equall...who's the best player in the N.F.L?
Peyton Manning... Troy Polamalu there, too. I'm basing it on current play and history. There's about 10 guys I could mention, almost evenly split among offense and defense. Full transcript
You like Polamalu more than Patrick Willis, DeMarcus Ware, and Nmandi Asomugha?
See, that's like splitting hairs and Troy has more hair! But, yes, I think Polamalu impacts run and pass defense for Steelers. Those others are all great, all part of that mention of saying there are 10 players we could debate and it's fairly split among offense and defense. Full transcript
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When a player who signed for $41 million in guaranteed money earlier in the year is sitting out practices and talking about normal "wear and tear" during the first week of August, well, it's not the kind of thing that will help comparisons to Reggie White. But Albert Haynesworth returned to practice earlier this week after sitting out a few rounds of training camp, averting the kind of health-care crisis that would capture D.C.'s attention more than anything on Capitol Hill.
Aside from Clinton Portis, Haynesworth is the player SportsNation feels the Redskins could least afford to lose to serious injury, no small feat of public recognition for a guy who plays on the defensive line. But if Haynesworth is the Redskins' best defensive player, is he the league's best defensive player? He's not a pure pass-rushing force like DeMarcus Ware, or a shut-down corner like Nnamdi Asomugha, but it's tough to put a guy who closes down the middle of the line anywhere other than No. 1.