PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mike Tomlin doesn’t expect Hurricane Sandy to derail the National Football League.
The Pittsburgh Steelers coach said Tuesday he believes Sunday’s game in New York against the Giants to go on as scheduled and plans to prepare that way even as New York and New Jersey dig out from the massive storm.
Tomlin said he understands the league will look at any logistical issues the storm’s aftermath may present but added the Steelers will stick to their weekly routine unless they hear from NFL officials.
Pittsburgh (4-3) has won two straight to climb back into the thick of the muddled AFC but will be without safety Troy Polamalu against the Giants. Polamalu will miss his fourth straight game and sixth overall this season due to a strained right calf.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Mike Tomlin is too preoccupied with finding ways to stop Eli Manning to worry whether the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will affect Sunday’s game in New York against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.
“I’m simply focused on the things that are in our control,” the Pittsburgh Steelers coach said Tuesday.
The weather not being among the items under Tomlin’s domain. The massive storm brought record flooding and knocked out power to millions throughout the Northeast on Monday night, though even with the cleanup just getting underway the Steelers anticipate there being no changes to Sunday’s scheduled 4:25 p.m. kickoff.
“We’re going to proceed with the plans and continue to do so until we hear otherwise,” Tomlin said.
Pittsburgh’s preparation will not include safety Troy Polamalu, who will miss his third straight game and fifth overall this season due to a strained right calf. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert will also sit out while recovering from a right ankle injury.
The status of safety Ryan Clark and linebacker LaMarr Woodley is a bit more optimistic. Clark left last week’s 27-12 win over Washington after sustaining a concussion in the third quarter while Woodley’s right hamstring tightened up late in the game.
Tomlin said Clark’s status hasn’t changed since Sunday but he will be monitored throughout the week before a decision is made. Woodley will be limited early in the week, as will Jonathan Dwyer.
The third-year running back is coming off consecutive 100-yard performances but left the Washington game in the final minutes with a right quad injury. Dwyer will not practice on Wednesday but Tomlin expects Dwyer to participate at some point this week.