The Steelers practiced again on Thursday in preparation for Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers Sunday night in Dallas. The Thursday practice was inside the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility of Texas Christian University, almost 40 miles west of Dallas. The injury and participation report was the same as Wednesday as C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) remains sidelined with his high ankle sprain. Pouncey needs to get reps in on Friday in order to have a chance to play. DE Aaron Smith (triceps) remains limited and it is not looking good for him to play Sunday as expected. Friday should tell us everything we need to know about his chances. As mentioned on Wednesday, S Will Allen (knee), CB Bryant McFadden (abdomen), S Troy Polamalu (Achilles), WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot) and T Jonathan Scott (ribs) all are absent from the injury report this week and all five players have practiced fully both days this week. All 5 had been on the Super Bowl bye week injury report, but seem good to go now.
On Thursday for the Packers WR Donald Driver (quadriceps) was limited as he sat out team drills after tweaking a quadriceps injury on Wednesday and was added to the Thursday injury report. Coach Mike McCarthy said the move was precautionary and Driver is fine. He will likely be held out Friday as well according to McCarthy. LB Erik Walden (ankle) did not participate in team drills after testing his sprained ankle the previous day in practice and his status is up the air with him right now. T Chad Clifton (knees) and OL Jason Spitz (calf) also remain limited while LB Frank Zombo (knee) practiced fully once again on Thursday.