After missing Thursday practice with flu-like symptoms, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall returned to full practice on Friday, indicating that he is likely to start this Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
Mendenhall ran for 165 yards against San Diego and 77 yards against Detroit the last two weeks as Willie Parker sat out with a left big toe injury. Although Parker has been practicing all week, the Steelers still plan to remain the starting job to Mendenhall.
Another returning starter is safety Troy Polamalu, who missed four games with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He has practiced all week and will also be wearing his No. 43 Steelers jersey to start on Sunday against the Browns, who have lost their last 11 games to the Steelers.