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The Steelers could be without starting free safety Ryan Clark for their wild-card game this weekend in Denver, and his absence would not be injury related.
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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark will not play Sunday against the Broncos in Denver due to a sickle cell trait condition that is exacerbated by the thin air in the Mile High City.
Safety Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Karl Walter/Getty Images)
In 2007, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark suffered one of the NFL’s largest health scares of the last decade. The fallout is still being felt today.
Four years ago, playing...
The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Denver Broncos next Sunday in Denver in one of the two AFC wild card games next weekend and the big question on everyone's mind is whether or not starting free safety Ryan Clark will play in the high altitude of Denver.
Clark nearly died after a 2007 game in Denver after the high altitude had an adverse affect on his sickle-cell trait and...
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark will not be allowed to be in Sunday's wild card game at the Denver Broncos.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said it was an easy decision to sit Clark, who has the sickle cell trait and had a violent reaction to play in Denver's high altitude in 2007.
Clark had to undergo surgery to have his spleen and gall bladder removed. He lost more than...
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a playoff date with Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Safety Ryan Clark would figure to be a key component in stopping the highly-ranked running attack, including Tebow, of the home team. But Clark has a history at Mile High; one that very nearly cost him his career and threatened his life.
In 2007, Clark was rushed to a hospital mid...
Ryan Clark knew about the condition when the Steelers played at Denver in 2007, but was unaware of the severity of the risk of exerting himself at high altitude and landed in the hospital.
John Kark has no argument with Steelers safety Ryan Clark skipping the Broncos in an AFC wild-card playoff game in Denver.
Ryan Clark has been one of the most durable players in the Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary the past three years, but there's a decent chance he won't be allowed to suit up for Sunday's wild-card showdown against Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos despite his clean bill of health.
The Steelers have announced they will be without S Ryan Clark in their Wildcard Game against the Denver Broncos. The Steelers won’t let him play due to health risks that far outweigh on game. That means Steelers fans will be having a case of the Mundys (or Mondays if you’re an announcer) against the Broncos. [...]
PITTSBURGH — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin knows safety Ryan Clark wants to play in Denver on Sunday when the team plays the Broncos in the wild card round. It's why Tomlin didn't give Clark the option. The Steelers (12-4) will begin their quest for a second straight AFC title without ...
With Ryan Clark being held out of this weekend’s game with the Broncos, the Steelers will be down one starting defender. They expect have another one back, however. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who has played sparingly since injuring his hamstring on October 30th, is on track to play in Denver. Coach Mike Tomlin said at his…