Insider Only Wednesday Practice: Parker and Polamalu return to practice

Mendenhall to start?

It appears that both strong safety Troy Polamalu and running back Willie Parker will play Sunday when the Steelers (3-2) host the Browns.
Polamalu, who’s missed the last four games with a sprained knee, will start barring any setbacks in practice the rest of the week.
“I’ll be as good as I can be,” Polamalu said when asked if he’ll be 100 percent by Sunday.
It’s appears that Parker will return, too, after missing two games with a turf toe injury. However, the Steelers may want to give Rashard Mendenhall his third straight start. Mendenhall rushed for 165 and 77 yards the past two games, both Steeler wins.
“I feel a lot better,” said Parker, who’s wearing special customized cleats that hopefully will protect his damaged toe.
When asked if he thinks he’ll start Sunday, Parker said, “That’s Coach’s call.”
In other practice news, three other Steelers sat out with minor injuries _ linebacker James Farrior (elbow), guard Trai Essex (ankle) and linebacker Andre Frazier (thigh).
Farrior and Essex will start Sunday.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Hines Ward was given the day off.

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