The Jets finally have something to cheer about.
According to The Associated Press, Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu missed his third consecutive practice on Friday due to a strained Achilles tendon and sore calf, and could miss Sunday’s home game against the Jets.
Polamalu’s injury worsened in the Steelers’ 23-7 victory over the Bengals on Dec. 12, during his 45-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
The strong safety reportedly has sat out Wednesday and Thursday practices for the past several weeks in order to rest his injuries, but he has never missed a Friday practice. Members of the Steelers’ roster hardly ever play if they miss an entire week of practice.
If Polamalu misses the game, Ryan Clark will shift over to play strong safety and second-year player Ryan Mundy will play free safety. Mundy has yet to start a game in his professional career.
Polamalu has 48 tackles this season and ranks second in the league in interceptions with six.