Tuesday Sept. 23, 2008
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without
injured Pro Bowl running back Willie Parker and nose tackle Casey
Hampton for Monday night's home game against Baltimore.
Parker sprained his left knee late in Sunday's 15-6 loss at
Philadelphia and, according to coach Mike Timlin, might miss more
than one game. Parker was leading the NFL in rushing with 1,316 yards last season when he broke his right leg on a carry early in the
Steelers' December 20th game at St. Louis. Without Parker in the
lineup, the Steelers ran for only 92 yards combined in their final
two games, both of which they lost.
With Parker sidelined, the Steelers will give first-round draft
pick Rashard Mendenhall his first NFL start. Hampton, a Pro Bowl defensive lineman the last four seasons and the key to the Steelers' run defense, has a strained groin. He will be replaced by Chris Hoke, who made 10 starts in 2004 after Hampton injured a knee.
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