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lamberts-lost-tooth
12-21-2007, 05:20 AM
Steelers Notebook: Fibula injury ends Parker's year
Friday, December 21, 2007
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


ST. LOUIS -- Willie Parker, the NFL's leading rusher, has a fractured right fibula and is done for the season.

Parker's injury occurred on his first carry of the game, and there were unconfirmed reports that his foot got caught in the artificial turf at the Edward Jones Dome.

The fibula runs from the knee to the ankle and is the smaller of the two bones in the lower leg.

The Pro Bowl halfback gained a yard after taking a pitch from Ben Roethlisberger and running around to the right.

After Parker was tackled, he took himself out of the game and was carted off the field into the Steelers' locker room.

Najeh Davenport replaced Parker as one of only two healthy backs left on the game-day active roster. Fullback Carey Davis was the only other back in uniform because they made rookie halfback Gary Russell inactive for the game. The Steelers have only four backs on their roster after fullback Dan Kreider was placed on injured reserve.

Davenport ran 12 times for 65 in the first half.

Haggans starts
Clark Haggans shook off a knee injury and started last night at his usual spot at left outside linebacker for the Steelers.

Haggans had been listed as questionable for the game. Also returning to start after being injured Sunday were defensive end Travis Kirschke (ribs) and cornerback Ike Taylor (knee).

The Steelers' inactive players were Russell, No. 3 quarterback Brian St. Pierre, linebackers Andre Frazier and Clint Kriewaldt, offensive lineman Darnell Stapleton, offensive tackle Marvel Smith, tight end Jon Dekker and defensive end Ryan McBean.

The Rams' inactive players were No. 3 quarterback Brock Berlin, wide receiver Marques Hagans, running back Rich Alexis, cornerback Eric Bassey, center Nick Leckey, offensive tackles Rob Petitti (Pitt) and Mark LeVoir and defensive end Trevor Johnson.

Not quite a record
Santonio Holmes' 83-yard reception on the Steelers' first play from scrimmage was the 13th longest in team history. It was the second longest that did not go for a touchdown.
The longest non-touchdown pass completion came from Bubby Brister to Dwight Stone at Denver Oct. 14, 1990.

Big Ben sets record
Ben Roethlisberger became the first Steelers quarterback to throw 30 touchdown passes in a season last night, and he did not stop there.
In the first half, he had three touchdown passes to give him 32 this season -- four more than Terry Bradshaw's record of 28 set in 1978.

On a more dubious note, the Rams sacked Roethlisberger four times, bringing his total to 47, second most in team history.

Hard-hitting hype
The St. Louis Rams' flagship radio station, KLOU-FM, ran a commercial this week promoting the game last night. In the commercial, a voice says: "Hey Big Ben, better wear your helmet; the Rams' defense hits harder than a BMW near the 10th Street Bridge."


Ruling is overturned
St. Louis had a fumble overturned on a replay review near the end of the first half. Steelers linebacker James Harrison stripped Steven Jackson of the ball after he caught a pass, then recovered the fumble. Officials looked at the replay and ruled Jackson never had possession of the pass, and so it was ruled incomplete.


Faulk is honored
Conveniently, the NFL Network's Marshall Faulk, who earned 2000 NFL MVP and three offensive player of the year honors with the Rams and is the team's career touchdown leader, had his No. 28 jersey retired at halftime. Faulk retired last year. ... Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce became the NFL's third-leading career receiver with more than 14,000 yards after a catch in the second quarter.


Quick hits
NFL statisticians changed Hines Ward's 4-yard reception against Jacksonville to a 4-yard run, thus, Ward entered last night's game needing 46 yards to pass John Stallworth as the career receiving yards leader in team history. Ward's fourth quarter reception for 8 yards gave him 8,725 and put him ahead of Stallworth. Ward added to his total as the quarter moved along, catching another third-down pass for 11 yards and a first down. ... Steelers wide receiver Willie Reid left the game and did not return with a right shoulder injury. ... The Steelers ended a drought of 13 quarters without a sack when inside linebacker James Farrior brought down Marc Bulger in the fourth quarter for a 9-yard loss.

Rotorhead
12-21-2007, 11:11 AM
"The Steelers ended a drought of 13 quarters without a sack when inside linebacker James Farrior brought down Marc Bulger in the fourth quarter for a 9-yard loss."
If you watch that play, Big Snack actually got the sack, he had Bulgers legs wrapped up before the others showed up!

The Duke
12-21-2007, 12:35 PM
"The Steelers ended a drought of 13 quarters without a sack when inside linebacker James Farrior brought down Marc Bulger in the fourth quarter for a 9-yard loss."
If you watch that play, Big Snack actually got the sack, he had Bulgers legs wrapped up before the others showed up!

he did?

cool! It's been some time since Big Snack got a sack. he's a hard worker and one of the best(if not the best) at his position, so he deserves some good stats once in a while