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    Steelers' Polamalu and Parker to play Sunday
    Friday, October 16, 2009
    Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    The Steelers will get two of their injured Pro Bowl players -- safety Troy Polamalu and running back Willie Parker -- back for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. But it appears only one of them will start.

    Polamalu, who missed four games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee, has practiced all week and will start against the Browns, wearing a protective brace that will restrict his mobility.

    But Parker, who missed the past two two games with a turf-toe injury, is expected to be replaced again in the starting lineup by Rashard Mendenhall, even though Parker practiced all week and said his toe is feeling better.

    Mendenhall returned to practice today after missing Thursday's session with flu-like symptons and looked just as he did in the previous two games against the San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions, when he rushed for 242 yards and averaged 5.5 yards per carry.

    The Steelers do not have any planned rotation for Mendenhall and Parker, meaning how much Parker plays depends on the flow of the game. Parker has rushed for more than 100 yards in five consecutive games against the Browns.



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    Excellent news about Troy! The perfect game for him to get back into the swing of things too.

    Also glad to see WP is ready to go in case hes needed. You never know what can happen.

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    So I guess I sit FWP in fantasy again??? Maybe it's time to deal him, I think Mendenhall is poised to nudge him out!

    In real life, I'm ****ing pumped that Troy is ready to go...I wonder how much the brace is going to restrict him?

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    So I guess I sit FWP in fantasy again??? Maybe it's time to deal him, I think Mendenhall is poised to nudge him out!

    In real life, I'm ****ing pumped that Troy is ready to go...I wonder how much the brace is going to restrict him?

    I was wondering the same. But, he is going up against the Browns. ITs like having a half day of work.

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    Troy should sit.

    Not feeling good about that at all.


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    Troy should sit.

    Not feeling good about that at all.

    Agreed.... WTF do we need him for while playing Cleveland?.... If he is that much of a difference maker that makes him required, we're in trouble IMO.... It's gonna be a loooooooooooong second half of the season.
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    Cleveland completed 2 passes against Buffalo last week.

    2

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    I really think he should sit until after the bye.

    He can re-aggrivate that so easily and playing with a brace, well, it just isn't the same.

    Not to mention that I don't think Troy is capable of not playing all out with wild abandon for his body.

    It just goes against his Samoan Warrior heritage that he is so proud of and draws from.

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    I thought Troy was Polish.

    Anyway, if he does play, it should be limited time. Sort of like warming up.

    Personally, I'd like to see him sit another week.

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    I've been wondering if Smith's injury has put pressure on him to return to the line up.

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    Sit til after the bye? No ****ing way. We are gonna need him against the Minnesota Favre's. What better time to get him up to game speed than against the brownies? I dunno, I dont think Troy really needs to "get back to game speed" but this is a perfect time for him to get some footing under him and test that knee out. Just dont put him out there on a FG situation!! Please!

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    I've been wondering if Smith's injury has put pressure on him to return to the line up.
    he was gonna return this week before Smith got hurt.

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    The Minnesotta Farve's...

    The best way to throw Brett off his game is to sack him and hurry him and rush him hard, but DO NOT be disrespectful or cheap about it.

    If you can get to him physically it gets in his head and he starts forcing balls too early and they result ion picks and pick 6's.

    If you are disrespectful to him, then he gets ****ed off, focuses and shreds your secondary.

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    Default Re: Steelers' Polamalu and Parker to play Sunday

    Here's some more that was published today.

    Polamalu, Mendenhall set to start RB rotation will be made on spot
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    Saturday, October 17, 2009
    By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Peter Diana/Post-GazetteRunning back Rashard Mendenhall missed practice Thursday with flu-like symptoms, but if he starts against the Cleveland Browns tomorrow, it will be his third start of the season.In the same week they lost defensive end Aaron Smith with a season-ending injury, the Steelers will get two of their injured Pro Bowl players back for their game tomorrow against the Cleveland Browns. Problem is, only one will start.

    That is safety Troy Polamalu, who missed the past four games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee. He has practiced all week and will start against the Browns, wearing a protective brace that will restrict his mobility.

    But it is likely running back Willie Parker, a former two-time Pro Bowl selection who has missed the past two games with a turf-toe injury, will be replaced again by Rashard Mendenhall, even though Parker practiced all week and said his toe is feeling better.

    Right now, the Steelers do not have any planned rotation for Mendenhall and Parker, meaning how much Parker plays depends on the flow of the game. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in five consecutive games against the Browns (1-4), who rank last in the league in rush defense.


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    If Parker does not start, it will be the first time since he became a full-time starter in 2005 that he did not start a game in which he played.

    "He's looked good in practice," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. "We're anxious to see him out there again. We'll go up to the last minute and see what's up. It'll be nice to have both of them healthy."

    Mendenhall returned to practice yesterday after missing practice Thursday with flu-like symptoms, and he looked so good the coaches apparently had no concerns about starting him against the Browns.

    In his past two games, Mendenhall has rushed for 242 yards, averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns. He also has runs of 22, 27, 32 and 39 yards in his past three games.

    The Steelers will continue to go with the hot hand -- or, in this instance, the hot feet -- against the Browns, who have lost 17 of the past 18 meetings with their AFC North rival.

    "It really doesn't matter," Mendenhall said. "It's how the game plays out, I'm sure. We'll both be out there."

    In the past Mendenhall played every third series for Parker, who rushed for 93 yards on 25 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals in the game in which he was injured.

    But it is not clear what type of rotation, if any, the Steelers will use with both players back in the lineup again. Either way, it seems Mendenhall will get more playing time, if not the bulk of the playing time, rather than Parker.

    "It all depends on who's hot, what's going on, the play selection, all that," Mendenhall said.

    Said Parker: "I don't know how they're going to do it."

    The Browns have allowed an average of 170.4 yards rushing per game, which ranks 32nd in the NFL; however, slowly the Browns have tried to whittle that average since allowing 225 yards to the Minnesota Vikings and 186 to the Denver Broncos in the first two games.

    Surprisingly, the Browns' rush defense, which ranked 28th in the league in 2008, has not significantly improved since they traded in 2007 for nose tackle Shaun Rogers, who made the Pro Bowl in his first season in Cleveland.

    "He's obviously a big force, but they got 10 other guys on their defense; he can only do so much," said center Justin Hartwig. "We're not going to double-team him the whole game -- I'll be blocking him by myself a lot -- but you definitely need to double him. He's a game-changing type of player, so you have to do those types of things."




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