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NFL injury report, Week 5: Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley unlikely to play Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley went down in Week 5, and are unlikely to play next Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans.

Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu exited Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles and did not return after re-injuring his right calf.

Polamalu first injured his calf against the Denver Broncos in Week 1 and subsequently missed Pittsburgh's Week 2 and Week 3 contests. After a week of recovery during the Steelers' bye week, Polamalu finally returned to action Sunday. However, he was only able to stay on the field for one quarter before exiting.

Polamalu has already been ruled out for Pittsburgh's Thursday night matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

LaMarr Woodley also left Sunday's game for the Steelers. In the second quarter, Woodley injured his hamstring. He did not return to the game, and it is unlikely he will play Thursday night.

The injuries to Polamalu and Woodley weaken a Pittsburgh Steelers defense that ranks in the top five of the NFL, with only 280 yards allowed per game.

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