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Super Bowl XLV: Steelers And Packers Friday Injury Report

Friday marked the final day of practice for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers in their respective home towns. The two historic franchises are off to Dallas early next week to begin their preparations for Super Bowl XLV.  The big news for the Steelers was the unfortunate news that All Pro rookie center Maurkice Pouncey had in fact broken a bone in his ankle, not merely sprained it during last Sunday's AFC Championship Game win over the Jets. I've written all week that Pouncey ain't playing even if the Steelers are still holding out a glimmer of hope that the sensational rookie will heal in time to play. Steeler Nation also got disappointed news in Aaron Smith's progress. Out since late October with a triceps injury, Smith had hoped to be ready to go in the event that the Steelers made the Super Bowl. Well, they did just that, but the immensely popular defensive lineman doesn't look like he's a safe bet to be able to suit up two Sundays from now. Fortunately second-year DL Ziggy Hood has elevated his game several big notches the second half of this season.

Let's take a complete look at the injury reports of the Steelers and Packers. Notice though that the Packers didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday, meaning the reports from those days were merely estimations made by the NFL, which they in turn passed on to SB Nation Pittsburgh and other media outlets to share.

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS at GREEN BAY PACKERS

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Status Report

QUESTIONABLE

S Will Allen (knee), C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle),

DE Aaron Smith (triceps)

PROBABLE

CB Bryant McFadden (abdomen), S Troy Polamalu (achilles),

WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot), T Jonathan Scott (ribs)

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

S Will Allen (knee), CB Bryant McFadden (abdomen),

S Troy Polamalu (achilles), C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle),

WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot), T Jonathan Scott (ribs)

Thursday

S Will Allen (knee), CB Bryant McFadden (abdomen),

S Troy Polamalu (achilles), C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle),

WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot), T Jonathan Scott (ribs)

Friday

S Will Allen (knee), C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle),

T Jonathan Scott (ribs)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

DE Aaron Smith (triceps)

Thursday

DE Aaron Smith (triceps)

Friday

DE Aaron Smith (triceps)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Friday

CB Bryant McFadden (abdomen), S Troy Polamalu (achilles),

WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot)

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Status Report

QUESTIONABLE

LB Erik Walden (ankle), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

PROBABLE

LB Desmond Bishop (ankle), T Chad Clifton (neck),

LB A.J. Hawk (knee), WR Greg Jennings (knee),

C Jason Spitz (calf)

Practice Report (Green Bay did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. The Wednesday

and Thursday practice reports are an estimation from the NFL communications office).

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB Erik Walden (ankle), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Thursday

LB Erik Walden (ankle), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Friday

LB Erik Walden (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB Desmond Bishop (ankle), T Chad Clifton (neck),

LB A.J. Hawk (knee), WR Greg Jennings (knee),

C Jason Spitz (calf)

Thursday

LB Desmond Bishop (ankle), T Chad Clifton (neck),

LB A.J. Hawk (knee), WR Greg Jennings (knee),

C Jason Spitz (calf)

Friday

T Chad Clifton (neck), LB A.J. Hawk (knee),

WR Greg Jennings (knee), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Friday

LB Desmond Bishop (ankle), C Jason Spitz (calf)

For more Steelers coverage leading up to Super Bowl XLV, check out Behind the Steel Curtain and Acme Packing Company.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.