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Steelers S Ryan Clark won't play in Denver

When the Pittsburgh Steelers held safety Ryan Clark out of a game at Denver in 2009, there was some talk if the Steelers ever came to Denver for a playoff game, a different decision may be made.

No, it wasn’t.

Taking a firm hand and quickly ending any speculation, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday that Clark will not play in Denver during the Steelers-Broncos AFC wild-card game Sunday.

Clark has sickle cell trait; a condition that can trigger serious medical complications in high altitudes. 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.

Really, Tomlin had no choice but to make this call. The Steelers will also be without running back Rashard Mendenhall because of a serious knee injury, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is not 100 percent because of an ankle injury. Still, the visiting Steelers are heavily favored over the Broncos, who backed into the playoffs with three straight defeats.

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