Polamalu practices with 1st-team defense; will play on Sunday

 

Friday Practice Report As expected, safety Troy Polamalu returned to practice today. Polamalu who sat out the past two practices, ran with the first-team defense and will play against the Minnesota Vikings. Polamalu returned to action last week against Cleveland and finished the game with 4 tackles and one interception. *Running back Rashard Mendenhall was a full participant for the second consecutive day. Mendenhall was limited in Wednesday’s practice with a sore knee and will make his fourth consecutive start at running back. *Running back Willie Parker was also a full participant and will backup Mendenhall Sunday afternoon. Parker who claims he consulted with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin about who will start this week, has drawn some criticism from