Ryan Clark sitting out Sunday's game in Denver

Jan. 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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PITTSBURGH, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said safety Ryan Clark has a sickle-cell trait that will keep him out of Sunday's game in Denver.

Clark's condition becomes aggravated when playing at higher elevations, WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh, reported Wednesday.

"Looking at data and all the variables he is at more risk, so we're not going to play him," Tomlin said. "It's just that simple."

WPXI-TV said Clark's teammates urged the Steelers' leading tackler to sit out the game, arguing the game isn't more important than his life.

Backup Ryan Mundy, who has had two career starts, will take Clark's place in the starting lineup for the wildcard game.

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