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Old 11-04-2008, 07:32 AM   #1
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Default Parker back on the run for Steelers

Parker back on the run for Steelers
By Scott Brown
Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It happened later than he and the Steelers had hoped, but Willie Parker returned to the starting lineup Monday night. Parker, who had missed the Steelers' previous four games with a sprained knee, started against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field and rushed for 45 yards on 10 carries in the first two quarters.

The Steelers were missing a pair of starters. Free safety Ryan Clark (shoulder) and left tackle Marvel Smith (back) did not dress for the 8:30 p.m. game because of injuries. Clark had hoped to play against the Redskins, for whom he played before signing with the Steelers in March 2006. The Steelers did not want him to risk further damage to the shoulder he dislocated in the Steelers' Oct. 26 game against the New York Giants. Tyrone Carter started for Clark. Max Starks started his third consecutive game at left tackle in place of Smith.

Linebacker Keyaron Fox (hamstring) and cornerback Bryant McFadden (arm) didn't play because of injuries.

Rounding out the Steelers' inactives last night were defensive end Orpheus Roye, linebacker Bruce Davis, offensive tackle Tony Hills and Dennis Dixon (third quarterback).

Clark's injury may end up saving him money. The seventh-year veteran likely would have done something last night to honor the memory of his former Redskins teammate, Sean Taylor. Clark had been fined by the NFL for writing "21" on the black eye strips he wore against the Giants. Taylor, who was shot to death last November, wore No. 21 for the Redskins, and the NFL docked Clark $5,000 for the tribute to his close friend. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday that the league cannot allow players to express "personal messages," which is why it fined Clark for a uniform violation. "Everybody has something that's a good cause, but we're a team game," Goodell said. "We represent the NFL, so when we do something as we did last year with Sean Taylor, we do it collectively." Players wore patches with Taylor's number on their jersey last season to honor his memory. The NFL also had all teams put No. 21 stickers on the back of all of the players' helmets.

Standout wide receiver Santana Moss and left tackle Chris Samuels started for the Redskins. Moss and Samuels had been game-time decisions for the Redskins because of hamstring and knee problems, respectively. Starting defensive end Jason Taylor, a Pittsburgh native, did not play because of a skin infection. The Redskins were also missing starting cornerback Shawn Springs because of a calf injury.

Also inactive for the Redskins were wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, running back Ladell Betts, offensive linemen Jason Fabini and Chad Rinehart, defensive end Rob Jackson, and Colt Brennan (third quarterback).

Mitch Berger's strained left hamstring clearly bothered him. The 14-year veteran averaged just 33.4 yards on five punts in the first half. Berger grimaced after a late first-quarter punt.

The return of Parker allowed the Steelers to use Mewelde Moore instead of Najeh Davenport as their kickoff returner.

Hines Ward has caught at least one pass in 154 consecutive regular-season games.


0.0 -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's passer rating after the first quarter of Monday night's game.

4 -- Times the Steelers sacked Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell in the first half.

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Great to see him pick up 70 tough yards and look around 90% ready to be a full time starter. We def. missed him burst of speed through the blocks.
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