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fordfixer
10-15-2009, 01:27 AM
Notebook: Polamalu, Parker good to go

By: Mike Bires -
Beaver County Times

Thursday October 15, 2009 12:04 AM
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sport ... to-go.html (http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2009/october/15/notebook-polamalu-parker-good-to-go.html)


Strong safety Troy Polamalu and RB Willie Parker got through practice Wednesday without problems and appear ready to play Sunday when the Steelers host Cleveland.

Polamalu, who’s missed the last four games with a sprained knee, will start barring any setbacks in practice the rest of the week.

“I’ll be as good as I can be,” Polamalu said when asked if he’ll be 100 percent by Sunday.

It’s too early to tell if Parker, who missed two games with a turf toe injury, will be the featured back. However, the Steelers may want to keep a good thing going and give Rashard Mendenhall his third straight start. Mendenhall rushed for 165 and 77 yards the past two games, both wins.

“I feel a lot better,” said Parker, who’s wearing special customized cleats that will hopefully protect his damaged toe.

In other practice news, three other Steelers sat out with minor injuries: LB James Farrior (elbow), G Trai Essex (ankle) and LB Andre Frazier (thigh). Farrior and Essex will start. Meanwhile, veteran WR Hines Ward was given the day off.
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SMITH SURGERY

Defensive end Aaron Smith, who was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list, is expected to have surgery Friday. He’s out for the year with a torn rotator cuff injury.

HARRISON HONORS

Linebacker James Harrison was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Steelers 28-20 win over the Lions.

Harrison, last year’s defensive player of the year, recorded three sacks for 24 yards in losses. He leads the Steelers with six sacks.

STAT CHANGE

The NFL changed some of the sack figures from Sunday’s game in Detroit.

On the second of four sacks of Daunte Culpepper late in the fourth quarter, LB LaMarr Woodley and CB William Gay were originally given a half sack apiece.

But upon review, Woodley is being credited with the whole sack on that particular play. For the game, Woodley had two sacks, his only two of the season.

proudpittsburgher
10-15-2009, 08:41 AM
Holy crap, can you imagine the pop he's going to get from the home crowd when he pulls his helmet over that bushy head and runs out onto the field? And the first time he goes diving into the backfield coming in from the secondary to trip up a ball carrier for a loss, the crowd is going to go friggen bananas.

frankthetank1
10-15-2009, 08:51 AM
i really hope troy only plays half of the game or less. why push it especially against the browns? the steelers could beat the browns with me at strong safety

rpmpit
10-15-2009, 10:03 AM
i really hope troy only plays half of the game or less. why push it especially against the browns? the steelers could beat the browns with me at strong safety

Totally agree. I mean, if he's 100%, then fine. But if there's any question about his health I hope he doesn't push it.

RuthlessBurgher
10-15-2009, 10:50 AM
Troy is only playing because the Cleveland game will be my son's first game at Heinz, and Jake will be proudly wearing his Troy Polamalu jersey. :wink:

rpmpit
10-15-2009, 11:08 AM
Troy is only playing because the Cleveland game will be my son's first game at Heinz, and Jake will be proudly wearing his Troy Polamalu jersey. :wink:


Awesome!!! So how old is Lil'Ruthless??

My son will be 4 next month and his first game was this past preseason vs. the Cards. What a great experience for me. I'll never forget it.

AngryAsian
10-15-2009, 11:17 AM
I hope that both Troy and Willie get limited action. IMO, the Vikes game will be the most essential non-conference game in terms of moral victory. Just want to make sure we welcome old man Favre to Heinz field properly.... with a beat down.

RuthlessBurgher
10-15-2009, 12:50 PM
Troy is only playing because the Cleveland game will be my son's first game at Heinz, and Jake will be proudly wearing his Troy Polamalu jersey. :wink:


Awesome!!! So how old is Lil'Ruthless??

My son will be 4 next month and his first game was this past preseason vs. the Cards. What a great experience for me. I'll never forget it.

He's 8 (my daughter is 5). We took my son to a pre-season game when he was 2 (and to the zoo and to the Children's Museum, etc.), but since he doesn't remember it, this will count as his first official game in my mind.