KEYS TO THE GAME
Steelers: LB Lawrence Timmons returned to practice on Thursday, although it does not seem he will start on Sunday. He has a high ankle sprain that kept him out of the opener. Keyaron Fox replaced him and led the team in tackles. ... WR Limas Sweed did not practice Thursday after leaving practice Wednesday with a foot sprain. He's not likely to play on Sunday and will be replaced on the roster by veteran Shaun McDonald. ... CB Ike Taylor has been known to cover the opponent's best receiver, lining up wherever they put him. Hester is Chicago's best by far, and Taylor could draw that assignment Sunday. ... RB Willie Parker will start Sunday, but he and Rashard Mendenhall will rotate. Parker will play two series, then Mendenhall one, and they will do it that way unless one gets hot. ... S Ryun Mundy, on the practice squad last year as a rookie, is now the top backup at both free and strong safety while Polamalu sits out the next 3-6 games. Tyrone Carter starts at strong safety for Polamalu.
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