To me this is a tough call. Staley will cost us a few bucks but him being a veteran in a young group of RB's could be worth it. I'll be the first to say that I have defended Duce for a year now and I have not been too happy with what he has done this preseason. I don't think it has been all him but he hasn't helped his cause.
http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/9624554PITTSBURGH -- Duce Staley was on pace a couple of years ago for one of the best seasons by a Pittsburgh Steelers running back.
When the Steelers wrap up their exhibition schedule Thursday night against Carolina, Staley might be playing to remain with the team.
Steelers coach Bill Cowher isn't saying if Staley, a former starter who has looked slow during training camp and in games, is playing for a job. Perhaps the most telling indicator was he wouldn't say Monday that Staley isn't.
"I'm not ready to sit here and say that he isn't or he is," Cowher said. "The bottom line is that we have some tough decisions coming Thursday. I like the experience that he brings and what he's done. He's gotten better each week."
Even if that hasn't shown up in the game statistics. Staley has only 46 yards on 23 carries in three exhibition games, and was limited to 21 yards on 11 carries in a 16-7 loss Friday to Philadelphia. In 2004, Staley was averaging 101 yards through seven games before injuring a hamstring, and he has never regained his starting job.