Troy Polamalu won’t be around to make the big hits on Thursday night, but don’t just assume that it will once again be Ryan Mundy out there looking to take his spot.

Mundy may be the best option after Polamalu, but his tendency to lay down helmet to helmet hits has started to catch up with him and the team.

Sunday vs Philly he had a 15-yard penalty for a helmet-to-helmet just two plays before the Eagles first score which made it 10-7, and then he was beat by Eagles tight end Brent Celek for a touchdown that gave Philly a 14-13 lead.

The decision to sit Mundy could mean more playing time for veteran Will Allen, and Mike Tomlin indicated Monday that could be the direction the team goes.

Mundy has been bad in pass coverage, and that could lead to him taking a seat and Allen getting playing time – despite the fact he’s played in just two snaps the whole season.

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