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Iron Shiek
10-24-2008, 10:05 AM
Dangit. What the heck. In other news Polamalu is good to go it appears.

http://www.timesonline.com/articles/2008/10/24/sports/steelers/doc49014f9df163d635831091.txt


Steelers notes: Moore likely to start again
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By Mike Bires, Times Sports Staff
Published: Friday, October 24, 2008 12:44 AM EDT
PITTSBURGH --- There’s more bad news on the Steelers’ injury front: Willie Parker may not play Sunday against the New York Giants.

Parker, who hasn’t played since spraining his left knee in the Sept. 21 loss in Philadelphia, was very limited at what he did at practice Thursday.

So it appears more and more that Mewelde More will make his third straight start at running back.

After practice Thursday, Parker refused to speak to reporters.

Parker, who’s rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the past three seasons, was hoping to return for last Sunday’s game in Cincinnati. But he aggravated his injury at practice on Monday, Oct. 13 and didn't practice the rest of the week.

Parker did practice Wednesday, but apparently suffered a setback because he hardly practiced Thursday.

POLAMALU WILL PLAY

Despite suffering a concussion in Sunday’s 38-10 win over the Bengals, strong safety Troy Polamalu is expected to play against the Giants.

He took part in practice for the second day in a row and isn’t even listed on the Steelers’ injury report.

Because he’s now had seven confirmed concussions in his career _ two in high school, three at Southern Cal and two with the Steelers _ Polamalu will likely undergo further testing before he’s given the official OK to play Sunday. But he’s passed every test taken so far.

“I really can’t talk about my injury. You have to ask Coach (Mike) Tomlin,” Polamalu said. “But I feel good. I think I’m normal.”

“We will continue to test him,” Tomlin said. “If he is given the green light by our medical staff, then he will play."

BURRESS QUESTIONABLE

The Steelers are preparing as if Plaxico Burress will play Sunday, but the star wide receiver missed his second straight day of practice with a neck/back strain. Burress, the Steelers' No. 1 pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, even spent a few hours Thursday at a New Jersey hospital.

“He is very sore, still stiff,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “The reason that all of the tests were made was because he continued to have this stiff neck and issues along those lines. So we wanted to rule everything out. There was nothing of the nature of any kind of vertebrae (damage) or anything like that. It is muscle.”

Coughlin hopes that Burress, who caught the game-winning touchdown in last season’s Super Bowl, will return to practice today.

ODDS AND ENDS

* For the second straight day, Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith missed practice due to personal reasons.

* Due to back spasms, left tackle Marvel Smith will miss his second straight game. After playing well against the Bengals, Max Starks will start again in place of Smith.

* The Steelers are warning fans about counterfeit tickets for Sunday’s game.

“We have received information that indicates we can expect some scalpers to be selling counterfeit tickets,” team spokesperson Dave Lockett sad. “It’s hard to tell the difference between some counterfeit tickets and the real thing, so the only way to be sure is to buy tickets from authorized agents.”

Oviedo
10-24-2008, 10:10 AM
To be honest I'm more concerned about rushing FWP back into the line up. Clearly he is not right and given that his speed is his greatest asset he would not be able to help. I would rather have him 100% for the last 5-6 games of the season and go into the play offs with a strong season ending run.

I actually think that not having FWP forces Arians and Ben to put a more effective offensive game plan into place and rely on the run less and short passes more. That is exactly what we need to do against the Giants pass rush so this could be a blessing in disguise.

ramblinjim
10-24-2008, 10:19 AM
To be honest I'm more concerned about rushing FWP back into the line up. Clearly he is not right and given that his speed is his greatest asset he would not be able to help. I would rather have him 100% for the last 5-6 games of the season and go into the play offs with a strong season ending run.

I actually think that not having FWP forces Arians and Ben to put a more effective offensive game plan into place and rely on the run less and short passes more. That is exactly what we need to do against the Giants pass rush so this could be a blessing in disguise.
:Agree let FWP get truly healthy. Moore has played well, we'll be ok.

MeetJoeGreene
10-24-2008, 10:21 AM
To be honest I'm more concerned about rushing FWP back into the line up. Clearly he is not right and given that his speed is his greatest asset he would not be able to help. I would rather have him 100% for the last 5-6 games of the season and go into the play offs with a strong season ending run.

I actually think that not having FWP forces Arians and Ben to put a more effective offensive game plan into place and rely on the run less and short passes more. That is exactly what we need to do against the Giants pass rush so this could be a blessing in disguise.
:Agree let FWP get truly healthy. Moore has played well, we'll be ok.

I double agree.

But I hope I am not wrong.

Discipline of Steel
10-24-2008, 10:31 AM
I feel secure about Moore as a replacement except that he has not demonstrated the ability to rush straight ahead. This important option helps us move the chains and eat clock and does become kind of a glaring deficiency in the red zone so I hope Gary Russell or maybe Davenport can show something here.

SteelerNation1
10-24-2008, 10:41 AM
Willie must've stepped in another hole at practice

Iron Shiek
10-24-2008, 11:26 AM
Yeah this is looking like a real possibility. ESPN Radio in Pittsburgh (1250am) says that Willie is not participating in practice right now.

Also, Santonio is not on the premises.

RussBII
10-24-2008, 11:37 AM
To be honest I'm more concerned about rushing FWP back into the line up. Clearly he is not right and given that his speed is his greatest asset he would not be able to help. I would rather have him 100% for the last 5-6 games of the season and go into the play offs with a strong season ending run.

I actually think that not having FWP forces Arians and Ben to put a more effective offensive game plan into place and rely on the run less and short passes more. That is exactly what we need to do against the Giants pass rush so this could be a blessing in disguise.

This is a really good point. The only thing i'd like to add is that i feel like MM has better vision, and that's going to be pretty key for cutback runs against an aggressive perusing defensive line like the Giants. Against the Bengals he cutback twice, and they were both good runs.

MeetJoeGreene
10-24-2008, 11:45 AM
Yeah this is looking like a real possibility. ESPN Radio in Pittsburgh (1250am) says that Willie is not participating in practice right now.

Also, Santonio is not on the premises.

He just went out for a munchies run.

Seriously ... what are the chances that the Steelers sit him this game REGARDLESS of what the NFL will do at some point in the future.

Iron Shiek
10-24-2008, 12:16 PM
Yeah this is looking like a real possibility. ESPN Radio in Pittsburgh (1250am) says that Willie is not participating in practice right now.

Also, Santonio is not on the premises.

He just went out for a munchies run.

Seriously ... what are the chances that the Steelers sit him this game REGARDLESS of what the NFL will do at some point in the future.


They can definitely do what they want to. I don't think this is like college though where if they police their own it gets them out of league imposed sanctions. So even if they suspend him, the NFL has full rights to suspend him under the player conduct policy still. I am anxious to hear what Tomlin has to say about this.