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Old 10-22-2009, 07:41 PM   #1
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Default Steelers Insider: No starts for Parker?

Steelers Insider: No starts for Parker?
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By: Mike Bires -
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Wednesday October 21, 2009 11:53 PM

Willie Parker may never start another game for the Steelers.

With Rashard Mendenhall entrenched as the No. 1 running back, Parker could be relegated for backup duty the rest of the season.

And since Parker is in the last year of his existing contract, he may be playing for another team in 2010.

I mean, hes the coach, Parker said of Mike Tomlins decision to keep Mendenhall as the starter.

He has to make the decision and live with it. But with the way our offense is going right now, Im not going against coachs decision. I just have to prove him wrong whenever I get my chance.

In his three starts this season, Parker rushed for 19, 47 and 93 yards, respectively. After missing two games with a turf toe injury, he didnt look very impressive in Sundays 27-14 win over Cleveland. He carried six times for 26 yards.

Meanwhile, Mendenhall has rushed for 165, 77 and 62 yards in his three starts. In games Mendenhall has started, the Steelers are 3-0.

This season, Parker averages 3.7 yards per carry. Mendenhall averages 5.1.
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I dont know, man, Parker said. Im not myself right now. Im not all the way back. Its my toe. My toe still hurts. But no excuses. Im going to go out and keep working.



INJURY UPDATE

SS Troy Polamalu watched Wednesdays practice as he continues his recovery from a sprained knee he suffered in the Sept. 10 season opener.

After missing four games, Polamalu returned Sunday against the Browns. But he may get a day off now and then for the next few weeks because he is not yet 100 percent recovered.

Mendenhall practiced, but only on a limited basis due to a sore knee.

Parker was not listed on the Steelers' injury report.

MEDIA CRUSH

With Brett Favre and the unbeaten Vikings (6-0) coming to town Sunday, the Steelers communications department says its being bombarded with credential requests from national media. You would think its a playoff game, a team spokesman said.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:03 PM   #2
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I dont know, man, Parker said. Im not myself right now. Im not all the way back. Its my toe. My toe still hurts. But no excuses. Im going to go out and keep working.
Man, Bettis coached him up good.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:38 PM   #3
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With Brett Favre and the unbeaten Vikings (6-0) coming to town Sunday, the Steelers communications department says it’s being bombarded with credential requests from national media. “You would think it’s a playoff game,” a team spokesman said.
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Default Re: Steelers Insider: No starts for Parker?

If willie becomes a FA next year, where do u think he'd go? I say Oakland, Green bay, or San Fransisco.
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:57 PM   #5
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I think a big weakness of Parker (and I love the guy) but he is to emotional of a player. I think he lets his frustrations get to him too much.
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Parker needs to find an offense like the Eagles to have a successful career following pittsburgh. Need to find an offense that's going to get him in space consistently.

If he goes to a team where he's expected to run it up the gut, like us....he's going to turn into a career backup.
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Just keep on feeding Mendenhall the ball. He is the man and the future of the team.
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Willie Parker may never start another game for the Steelers.
You don't know how much that means to me. I have been waiting for years to hear those words.

I bet he ends up going to Arizona next year. They have a thing for geriatric running backs, not to mention former Steelers players.
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I love Rashard, don't get me wrong. However, it's amusing how the tone of reporting regarding his career has flipped 180 degrees in just 3 games - from potential bust to his current accolades. Makes you wonder what will happen if he struggles.
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