View Full Version : Duce will have surgery on knee

08-08-2005, 02:38 PM
Monday, August 08, 2005 12:38 PM
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers running back Duce Staley will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to determine what, if any, damage there might be. An MRI test yesterday was inconclusive.

Staley has missed practices since Wednesday, when fluid on his knee was drained. He tried to practice Saturday, but Coach Bill Cowher said Staley told him the knee was uncomfortable.

Jerome Bettis assumes the role of number one halfback, as he did when Staley missed most of the last half of the 2004 season with a hamstring injury


08-08-2005, 03:53 PM
better to happen now then during the season. We need duce to stay 100% this year. Jerome cant start 16 games this year.

08-08-2005, 04:31 PM
better to happen now then during the season. We need duce to stay 100% this year. Jerome cant start 16 games this year.
I agree....recovering from arthroscopic surgery does not take that long. If they determine nothing serious has happened, he should not miss much more than the pre-season.

08-08-2005, 04:42 PM
Haynes and Parker are able to fill in....Parker has the speed and Haynes has the power.

08-08-2005, 05:29 PM
Only problem is Haynes gets hurt more than Staley. Fluid on knee, surgery?? Sounds like Bonds and he ois a baseball player.

08-09-2005, 12:56 AM

The stage is set for Willie Parker and Verron Haynes, a couple of backup Steelers running backs looking to make an impact in the absence of the injured Duce Staley.
Staley underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday for a torn lateral meniscus, which will keep him out for at least a month. Veteran Jerome Bettis moved into Staley's starting role, while Parker and Haynes moved up the depth chart.

The question is, Who's No. 2 while Duce is out?

"I keep away from all of that," Parker said. "You'd have to go to www.steelers.com to find that out."

No such help there, but the answer will come on the practice field and in exhibition games over the next month. The Steelers open the exhibition season at home Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"It's an opportunity of a lifetime," Parker said. "And I have to take advantage of it."

The way Parker sees it, if he impresses the coaching staff with Staley on the shelf, he'll gain a more prominent role in the offense, which should lead to more carries, more yards and more touchdowns. He had 186 yards on 32 attempts as a rookie in '04. He did not score a touchdown.

"Hopefully, I'll get a chance to show everybody what I can do," said Parker, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds and goes by the nickname, Fast Willie. "This situation should get me on the field longer."

Parker, 5-foot-10, 209 pounds, displayed his speed in the team's goal-line drill last Saturday, bursting around left end and sprinting untouched into the end zone from five yards out. He said that run showcased some, not all, of his abilities.

"I can go inside as well, any good back has to be able to run between the tackles," he said. "People see me as an outside runner only, but that's just because I'm able to take it outside. But I'm not afraid to go inside, either."

Coach Bill Cowher has been impressed with Parker throughout camp and has mentioned him on several occasions. He said he plans to use the North Carolina grad, along with Haynes and rookie Noah Herron, more prominently in coming weeks.

"We're going to go with those guys," Cowher said. "There's no set plan at this point. I feel good about the depth that we have there."

Haynes, 5-9, 222, ran for 272 yards on 55 carries last season, but the third-down back has struggled with injuries in his first three NFL seasons, which has raised questions about his durability. He broke his leg as a rookie, had knee surgery in '03 and was hampered by a knee injury late last season.

"I'm fine, absolutely," Haynes said of his health. "I see this right now as an opportunity to get on the field and showcase what I can do. And I think we have a lot of great backs who can get the job done."

In some ways, Haynes has been limited in showcasing his skills. He's been used almost exclusively in third-down situations - which is not surprising, given he was a backup last season to Staley and Bettis - yet he might have a chance to flourish while Staley is out.

In coming weeks, perhaps he'll display the acceleration that helped him combine for 95 total yards against the Eagles last season, or the 61 he ran for against the Ravens on only eight carries.

"I think the best is yet to be seen of Verron Haynes," he said.

08-09-2005, 08:33 AM
this is getting to be an every year thing with duce.....he has some durability issues....im sad to say it

08-09-2005, 10:23 AM
better to happen now then during the season. We need duce to stay 100% this year. Jerome cant start 16 games this year.

I agree. Hopefully this is the only injury Duce experiences this year. Let's hope for a healthy year with Duce.

08-09-2005, 05:29 PM
im not just talking about with us...he had probs in Philly as well.

08-09-2005, 09:20 PM
yeah he wasnt the healthiest guy in the world in Philly.. which is a good thing in a way becuz he doenst have 7 actual years of wear on him. So we took a chance. He helped us out ALOT last year, we couldnt have been there w/out him.

But yes, we need him to stay healthy, our RB stable is very well stocked, and we need to keep it that way.

08-10-2005, 03:50 PM
This will open the door for Parker and that rookie Noah...

There's another thread that says Duce will miss 4 weeks. This is going to be a bull pen deal with new things going on with the O-line and two missing starters at wideout.

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