Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark has a blood type that has sickle cell trait, a condition that can be problematic in the high altitude of Denver, this may keep him out of the Wild Card game against the Denver Broncos. In a 2007 game there, Clark became violently ill and lost his spleen and gall bladder because of deprivation of oxygen to his major organs. Since then in other games in Denver Clark has been sidelined.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't let Clark play in a 2009 regular-season game at Denver. He didn't let him play in a preseason game there last year. Now with the stakes higher will Tomlin allow Clark to play?
"We're going to meet with the doctors at some point [today] or Tuesday," Tomlin told reporters following a 13-9 win at Cleveland. "Last time we went [to Denver], we worked him out extensively to see how he responded, and they gathered the data in that regard. So, we'll put some heads together, and when I'm talking about heads I'm talking about medical experts, not myself."
Clark had his finest season in a Steelers uniform as he lead the team with 100 tackles and somehow was left off the AFC's Pro Bowl roster.
Beating Tim Tebow and the Broncos will be a lot more difficult without Clark. In his place Ryan Mundy will get the nod. How effective will Troy Polamalu be without Clark back there holding things together? This could be a big factor for the Steelers defense against the Broncos this coming weekend
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