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Clark ready for Sunday

Posted by Teresa Varley on September 13, 2012 – 5:28 pm

Free safety Ryan Clark can’t wait for his 2012 season to get started this week, after not being able to play against Denver because of complications due to the sickle cell trait and playing in the high altitude.

Clark will be back in the starting lineup against the New York Jets on Sunday at Heinz Field, and is ready to roll.

“It feels a lot better this week,” said Clark. “You feel like you are not part of the team when you are in that position, especially not being injured. You know you are healthy enough to play and aren’t able to and it’s tough.

“I am excited about this week. I wish it was coming off a win. There is nothing we can do to fix that but go out and try to win this week.”

Clark said it was difficult standing on the sidelines being a spectator, a feeling he hates having.

“It’s hard. It’s hard when the team doesn’t come out with the win,” said Clark. “You want to be out there with the guys you prepared for that moment with. We practice all offseason for the regular season and to miss the first one was tough.

“I am glad it’s behind me. I don’t have to think about it. Now it’s just football.”

And that comes with a big challenge this week against the Jets, with quarterback Mark Sanchez starting off the season strong against the Bills and the added dimension of Tim Tebow running the wildcat offense.

“We just have to come out this week and play well,” said Clark. “The Jets pose an interesting problem for us right now. All preseason all people talked about was them not scoring touchdowns and they lit up the scoreboard when it started to count. I am excited about the challenge.”

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6 Responses to “Clark ready for Sunday”

  1. By Joe Walk on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    I still contend that if the Steelers have to play the Broncos in Denver while Clark is still on the roster. The steelers need to develop a bane mask for Clark…

    Can you not imagine the awesomeness of Clark lining up, staring at Manning, and in a Bane-esque voice telling him “You will only complete a pass, when I allow it, Mr Manning”

  2. By Tony Cox on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Welcome back RC If you were there i dont think that long pass goes BUT i rather have you healthy for other 15 just like we need to get 92 healed for second half

  3. By Julio Gonzalez on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    ive been a steelers fan since 1998 i love the black and gold i bleed black and gold i live in california ive been to 4 games out heres you guys are the best team in my entire life and cant wait till we win another super bowl LETS GO STEELERS!!!

  4. By Bill Weichler on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Shake hands with former teammate Tone Holmes pregame. shake hands with him after. but if he comes across the middle during the game, stick him.

  5. By AB84Fan on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Ryan Clark not playing didn’t cost them the game. But it would have helped the cause if he could play in Denver. As far as Holmes goes, he was let go because he couldn’t follow the same rules as everybody else. Antonio Brown has a much brighter future than Holmes does at this point. I’m glad Brown is a Steeler for a long time to come. Hope Ryan Clark comes up big this week against the Jets, i know he cant wait to play.

  6. By jason on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Ryan Clark is the best free safety/ defensive communicater in the game TODAY

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