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Tomlin: Big Ben, Polamalu Expected To Play Against Chiefs

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming a bye week and will travel to Kansas City this weekend to take on the Chiefs.

Pittsburgh is tied with the Baltimore Ravens atop the AFC North Division with a 7-3 record. However, Baltimore holds the tiebreaker after sweeping the season series.

Last week, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced that he had suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand during the team’s 24-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Roethlisberger said he is planning to play and head coach mike Tomlin confirmed that he will during his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday, Roethlisberger practiced in a limited role. He did take snaps out of the “pistol” formation, which is a shorter version of the shotgun to try and protect his hand.

According to Tomlin, he will play and most likely won’t be included on the injury report.

Troy Polamalu suffered a rib injury against the Bengals as well. He was a limited participant in practice last week, but Tomlin fully expects him to play this weekend.

LaMarr Woodley’s status is up in the air however. His status will be determind by how he progresses in practice this week.

Kansa City officially put starting quarterback Matt Cassel on injured reserve Monday after he sustained a hand injury.

On Monday night, Tyler Palko from West Allegheny and the University of Pittsburgh made his first NFL start against the New England Patriots.

Palko completed 25 of his 38 passes for 236 yards, but threw three interceptions in the game. New England won the game 34-3.

Palko is expected to start against the Steelers Sunday night as well.

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