Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin declared safety Ryan Clark out for Sunday’s playoff game against the Broncos because of a sickle cell trait that he has that could potentially cause him to die.
Back in 2007, after a game in Denver Clark had a violent reaction to the high altitude because of the trait and ended having to go to the hospital to have his spleen and gallbladder removed. He ended up losing 30 pounds and being out of football for 11 months.
Doctor’s believe that Clark would be fine this time, since the organ that was affected was removed. But Tomlin doesn’t want to take the chance.
Ryan Mundy will start in Clark’s place.