LATROBE, Pa. -- Mewelde Moore remains out with the hamstring injury that has kept him from practicing with the Pittsburgh Steelers since Aug. 4, although coach Mike Tomlin said the running back is getting closer to returning.

Mewelde Moore , RB
Pittsburgh Steelers

2008 Statistics
Carries: 140
Yards: 588
Touchdowns: 5

Moore, whose primary role last season was as a third-down back, is certain he will be ready for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

"Fortunately, or unfortunately, I've been in a situation like this before where I had something and I wasn't able to get as many (practice carries) throughout the preseason and I still managed to play the season," Moore said Tuesday. "I've always taken pride in that (playing a full season)."

Moore ran for 588 yards and five touchdowns last season. He averaged 90 yards in four starts while filling in for the injured Willie Parker, and he had a season-high 120 yards and scored three times against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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