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Safety Troy Polamalu and right tackle Marcus Gilbert have already been ruled out against Kansas City, though Tomlin believes both can practice this week in a limited capacity. Polamalu played in just two games this season due to a right calf injury while Gilbert has missed a month.
The typically tight-lipped Tomlin is pleased with his team's progress during its current three-game winning streak. The Steelers have gotten consistent performance out of the running game regardless of who is in the backfield.
Isaac Redman rushed for a career-high 147 yards against the Giants in place of Jonathan Dwyer, who sat out with a strained right quad. Dwyer had topped 100 yards in the previous two games while filling in for both Redman and Rashard Mendenhall.
There's a possibility all three backs could be ready against Kansas City, leaving Tomlin with a difficult choice, one he's not willing to make just yet.
"Whoever's being productive when healthy is going to get the totes," Tomlin said. "I really think it's that simple. I'm not going to make it any more complex than it has to be. At times this season we've had a running-back-by-committee approach because none of them had been overly effective at that time.
"When someone's effective, they'll get the ball."
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