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Old 08-08-2009, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default Steelers 'exercise caution,' hold Parker out of practice

Steelers 'exercise caution,' hold Parker out of practice
Aug. 8, 2009
CBSSports.com wire reports

LATROBE, Pa. -- Running back Willie Parker sat out the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice Saturday with back spasms, although the team doesn't believe the problem is serious.

Coach Mike Tomlin said the two-time Pro Bowl running back awoke Saturday morning with his back not feeling right. The Steelers were coming off their only night practice of training camp.

"It shouldn't be a big, major deal, but we wanted to exercise caution," Tomlin said.

Parker, 28, is coming off his worst season since becoming the Steelers' starting running back in 2005. Knee and shoulder injuries limited him to 11 games in 2008 and he gained 791 yards on 210 carries, averaging a career-low 3.8 yards per attempt.

The 5-foot-10, 208-pound Parker is heading into the final season of his contract and is expected to lose some carries to second-year running back Rashard Mendenhall. A first-round draft pick in 2008, Mendenhall missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.

Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley sat out his third consecutive day of practice due to swelling in his right knee, but he expects to return Sunday.
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Default Re: Steelers 'exercise caution,' hold Parker out of practice

I am more worried about Woodley than Willie. Willie will be ok.

Knee swelling could be a sign of some serious problems.
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Default Re: Steelers 'exercise caution,' hold Parker out of practice

We went to camp 2 years ago and Willie's knee was wrapped with ice that year. It bothered him all year. Woodley's is cause for concern
"We're not going to turn our backs on him," Ward said. "We're going to treat him like our brother. We're going to accept him back and be very supportive of him and help him get through this. In this locker room, he's still our quarterback."
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