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11-03-2009, 06:02 AM
Steelers fighting off injury bug
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1424/2009/november/03/steelers-fighting-off-injury-bug.html
By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times

Tuesday November 3, 2009 12:08 AM

Three defensive starters — strong safety Troy Polamalu, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons and defensive end Travis Kirschke — didn’t practice Monday.

Polamalu, however, will definitely play Monday against the Denver Broncos.

“(The bye) was very beneficial … it feels much better,” said Polamalu, who played in the Oct. 25 win over the Vikings after missing the previous four games with a sprained knee.

Timmons is recovering from an ankle sprained suffered against Minnesota and could be back at practice Wednesday or Thursday.

Kirschke is recovering from a calf injury suffered in the Minnesota game. He started the last two games after Aaron Smith was placed on the season-ending IR with a shoulder injury.

“Both of those guys are questionable at this point,” coach Mike Tomlin said of Timmons and Kirschke. “There is a little more optimism in regard to Lawrence than Travis at this point but we’ll let it play out as we always do.”
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If Kirschke can’t play, his spot in the lineup will be taken by Nick Eason.

Meanwhile, running back Willie Parker reported to team quarters Monday with flu-like symptoms and was immediately excused.

“He had an illness today and was actually running a fever, so we sent him to the (doctor),” Tomlin said. “We didn’t want him to deliver anything to anybody else. I anticipate him being fine.”

The Steelers, who are off today, return to practice Wednesday.