Sprained knee keeps All-Pro Polamalu on sidelines

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu sat out
his third consecutive game, missing the Steelers' 34-13 loss to the
New England Patriots on Sunday with a sprained knee.

A Pro Bowl selection the past three years, Polamalu injured the
knee Nov. 18 against the New York Jets. He aggravated the injury
Wednesday and missed practice Thursday and Friday.

Wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who worked out on a sprained
right ankle on Friday, was active. Other Steelers inactives:
receiver Willie Reid, running back Gary Russell, linebacker LaMarr
Woodley and offensive linemen Marvin Philip, Darnell Stapleton and
Trai Essex.

The Patriots listed as inactive receiver Troy Brown, defensive
lineman Le Kevin Smith, offensive linemen Stephen Neal and Wesley
Britt, defensive backs Eddie Jackson and Rashad Baker and
linebacker Chad Brown.