Willie Parker's season officially ended today
when the Steelers placed him on the injured reserve. The Pittsburgh
running back was the NFL's leading rusher when he broke his leg
during Thursday's 41-24 victory at St. Louis.
Parker has undergone surgery on his broken fibula, but is
expected to return next season, according to coach Mike Tomlin.
To replace Parker on their roster, the Steelers re-signed Verron
Haynes. He served primarily as a third down back for them from
2002-06. He missed the second half of the 2006 campaign with a knee
injury and was cut by Pittsburgh before the current season began.
Parker led San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson 1,316 yards to 1,311
yards, but Tomlinson has games remaining tonight against Denver and
Sunday against Oakland.