Polamalu was listed as doubtful on the injury report, and Steelers players almost never play after sitting out an entire week of practice.
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That lineup might be forced to lead Pittsburgh into the playoffs since Polamalu could miss the remainder of the regular season, sources told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Friday.
The Steelers have just four days between the Jets game and a Thursday night meeting with the Carolina Panthers, so Polamalu might not be healed in time. And if the Steelers clinch a playoff spot after those games, they could opt to rest Polamalu some more and hold him out of the Jan. 2 regular-season finale against the Cleveland Browns.
Polamalu is a huge reason the Steelers (10-3) sit in first place over the Baltimore Ravens (9-4) in the AFC North. The star safety, whose late sack and forced fumble set up Pittsburgh's winning touchdown in a 13-10 victory over Baltimore on Dec. 5, has four interceptions in his last four games, including two returned for a touchdown.
Polamalu, a five-time Pro Bowl pick in his eighth NFL season, has 62 total tackles, six interceptions and one sack this year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.