Friday, November 18, 2005
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
After leading the Steelers in rushing each of the last two weeks, Duce Staley will step aside for a new starter against the Baltimore Ravens.
Willie Parker, who missed Sunday night's game against the Cleveland Browns with an ankle injury, will return as the starting halfback against the Ravens -- the position he has held since the beginning of the season.
Coach Bill Cowher made the decision official on the same day he said Tommy Maddox would be the starting quarterback against the Ravens. Cowher said Parker, the sixth-leading rusher in the AFC with 612 yards, is "looking good."
Staley, who started and rushed for a team-high 64 yards against the Browns, will probably be deactivated for the Ravens game after aggravating a knee injury Sunday night. Staley rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries against Green Bay, his first carries since the AFC championship game in January.
Staley returned to practice yesterday, though he worked solely with the scout team. He is listed as questionable on the injury report.
Cowher, though, said he has not decided if he will dress Staley or running back Jerome Bettis (quad/probable) for the Ravens. He said it could be a game-day decision.
"It's a nice problem to have," Cowher said.