Staley ran for 37 yards and one touchdown in limited action
against his former team, and Parker had 106 yards rushing and one
TD, leading the Steelers to a 27-21 victory over the Eagles in a
preseason game Thursday night.
"It felt great," Staley said. "I have a lot of good memories
from when I played here."
Dante Brown also had a TD run for the Steelers.
An undrafted rookie from North Carolina, Parker perhaps earned
himself a roster spot with his performance.
"Looking at the other running backs out there who were drafted,
I have a chip on my shoulder," Parker said.
A three-time 1,000-yard rusher in seven seasons in Philadelphia,
Staley ran six times for 33 yards on the opening drive, capping it
with a nifty 14-yard TD run.
After running into the end zone, Staley went straight to the
stands and handed the football to young boy wearing a Donovan
"It was just spur of the moment," Staley said.
Philadelphia didn't make a strong push to retain Staley, a fan
favorite who again heard the familiar chants of "Duuuuce!" each
time he touched the ball. But the Eagles could use him now after
losing Correll Buckhalter to a season-ending knee injury last week.
After Jeff Blake connected with Lewis on a 14-yard TD pass to
give the Eagles a 21-17 lead, the Steelers went ahead on Parker's
3-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter.
Terrell Owens, the Eagles' biggest offseason acquisition, didn't
have a catch. His 41-yard TD reception in the first quarter was
negated by a holding penalty on Tra Thomas. He later dropped a pass
that hit him in the chest.
McNabb was 8-of-19 for 105 yards and one TD. Blake was 6-of-7
for 63 yards and one TD.
"We're not where we want to be right now," McNabb said. "The
exciting part is we're putting points up on the board. When we're
doing that, you've got some positive things to look at."
The Steelers took a 17-7 lead in the second quarter on Brown's
1-yard TD run. McNabb connected with Smith on an 11-yard TD pass to
cut the deficit to 17-14.
Mahe, getting an extended look, ran in from the 2 to tie it at
7. Mahe finished with 49 yards, including a 33-yard run, on 10
"I dropped two passes and I made a couple mental errors," Mahe
said. "I have to do a better job and help the team."
Eagles LB Nate Wayne and G Jermane Mayberry left with
hamstring injuries in the first quarter. Coach Andy Reid said the
injuries weren't serious. The Eagles already are without Buckhalter
and defensive end N.D. Kalu for the season, and have several other
key players on the sidelines. FS Brian Dawkins, DT Corey Simon and
LB Dhani Jones were among 13 players who sat out. RB Brian
Westbrook and recently signed RB Dorsey Levens also didn't play.
... Steelers WR Plaxico Burress caught two passes for 45 yards. RB
Jerome Bettis had six carries for 18 yards. ... Jeff Reed had field
goals of 48 and 43 yards for Pittsburgh. ... DE Jevon Kearse,
Philadelphia's other big-name offseason acquisition, had one sack.
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