Willie Parker isn't optimistic about being able to play this week against the Detroit Lions due to his turf toe injury.
Parker said this injury is worse than previous turf toes he's had but that he expects to be back soon. There's also no need to rush things with backup Rashard Mendenhall having shown he can carry the load.
But, as Parker noted, that's also a reason why he, as a competitor, wants to come back and do well.
© Safety Troy Polamalu went through practice on a limited basis Wednesday as he moves toward returning from his sprained knee.
Several teammates, however, would prefer Polamalu sit out the game in Detroit and return against Cleveland.
Their reason is that Detroit's artificial surface is less forgiving than Heinz Field's natural surface and they don't want Polamalu to aggravate his knee.
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