The Steelers will get two of their injured Pro Bowl players -- safety Troy Polamalu and running back Willie Parker -- back for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. But it appears only one of them will start.
Polamalu, who missed four games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee, has practiced all week and will start against the Browns, wearing a protective brace that will restrict his mobility.
But Parker, who missed the past two two games with a turf-toe injury, is expected to be replaced again in the starting lineup by Rashard Mendenhall, even though Parker practiced all week and said his toe is feeling better.
Mendenhall returned to practice today after missing Thursday's session with flu-like symptons and looked just as he did in the previous two games against the San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions, when he rushed for 242 yards and averaged 5.5 yards per carry.