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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Duce Staley update

Talking to Duce Staley Monday, he confirmed my suspicions that he likely won't be a full-time player until after the Steelers' bye week in Week 4. Staley, who didn't practice throughout the preseason after having surgery to repair a torn knee meniscus, said his conditioning will be a factor and he'll have to play his way back into shape, getting five to 10 carries per games the first couple of weeks.

Jerome Bettis
is out in Week 1 with a calf injury, meaning Willie Parker will get the bulk of the carries, with Verron Haynes serving as the third-down back.

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