- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 18, 2011

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A violent collision with Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s churning knees won’t be enough to keep Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu out of the lineup.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is “good to go” after passing a concussion test. The team removed Polamalu from the game midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 17-13 win over the Jaguars with concussion-like symptoms.

Tomlin believes Polamalu was injured while diving at Jones-Drew’s legs on a third-and-1 play. Polamalu stuffed Jones-Drew no gain, forcing the Jaguars to punt. The All-Pro safety watched Pittsburgh’s final two defensive series from the sidelines as the Steelers (4-2) held on to win their second straight.

“We anticipate him practicing tomorrow and moving on throughout the week like everyone else on our football team,” Tomlin said.

The Steelers initially termed Polamalu’s condition as a “very mild” concussion and took him out of the game as a precaution. Polamalu kept his helmet on save for a brief phone conversation with his wife.

The call is technically in violation of league rules, though Tomlin doesn’t expect Polamalu _ who declined to speak to reporters after the game _ to be disciplined. Tomlin said it was important for Polamalu, who has a history of concussions, to assure his family he was OK.

“He wasn’t checking his bank account,” Tomlin said.

The Steelers will need Polamalu if they want to keep Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in check. Fitzgerald torched the Steelers for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the 2009 Super Bowl, though Pittsburgh rallied for a 27-23 victory.

“He’s the best in the world at what he does,” Tomlin said of Fitzgerald.

So, arguably, is Polamalu. The nine-year veteran is second on the team with 40 tackles for the NFL’s top-ranked defense.

Tomlin is pleased with how the defense is performing, but knows stiffer tests lay ahead. The four teams the Steelers have beaten rank 19th (Tennessee), 30th (Seattle), 31st (Indianapolis) and 32nd (Jacksonville) in the league in yards per game.

Even so, Pittsburgh hasn’t been dominant. The Steelers have collected an NFL-low two turnovers through six games and barely escaped upsets at the hands of the lowly Colts and Jaguars, who are a combined 1-11.

Tomlin would like to see more “signature” plays from the defense but not at the price of being out of position.

“What we’re not going to do is take calculated risks,” Tomlin said.

They don’t see one in clearing Polamalu to play.

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