Parker sits out Steelers practice again

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Running back Willie Parker did not practice again today because of a turf toe injury and it doesn't appear as though he will play Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers.

Parker has not worked with the team since injuring his toe five days ago against the Cincinnati Bengals. When a player doesn't practice all week, he rarely, if ever, plays in the game.

But Parker said his toe is feeling better and is still holding out hope he can play against the Chargers. He is expected to run for the coaching staff tomorrow and a determination will be made on his status.

"I want to play," Parker said.

Parker rushed for a combined 261 yards in two games against the Chargers last season, including 146 in the playoff game at Heinz Field.

If he can't play, Rashard Mendenhall, who was punished for not knowing the playbook last week, will start at running back.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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