Polamalu & Parker Doubtful for Sunday's Game

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jason La Canfora (NFL.com) reported October 7th that Troy Polamalu has resumed light practicing on a regular basis for the Pittsburgh Steelers but that he is not expected to play week 5 against the Detroit Lions. He is looking forward to a week 6 return against the Cleveland Browns.

Similarly, the AP has reported that Rashard Mendenhall is preparing for a bulk of the rushing load on Sunday. Willie Parker has yet to practice and personally, does not expect to play.

Other Steelers currently banged up: Hines Ward did not practice on Wednesday but expects to play; Andre Frazier (shoulder) and Chris Kemoeatu (ankle) both are questionable.

For the Lions:Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Gosder Cherilus, Sammie Hill, Kalvin Pearson, and Ko Simpson all missed practice on Wednesday. Keep an eye on their status as all could play but will be late Friday decisions.

Cliff Avril, Kevin Smith, Grady Jackson, and Ernie Sims all practiced on Wednesday and are expected to play.