The Facts: Parker didn't play in three of the four preseason games, but HC Mike Tomlin made it clear that he has no plans to rotate Parker and Rashard Mendenhall at RB. "Willie Parker's our runner," Tomlin said Friday afternoon. "Rashard's done a nice job and he's going to get an opportunity to get his touches, but more important than anything else, Willie Parker is our runner."
Diehards Line:Parker had only four carries for 13 yards and a touchdown and one reception for 2 yards in the preseason, all against Washington, and is coming off a 791-yard season, his lowest season total since his rookie year. Mendenhall rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries, a 3.1 average. Tomlin was asked if the limited touches would have an effect on Parker. "Hopefully, it won't," Tomlin said. "We'll see."