Practice report: Steelers

January, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers held their Friday practice in preparation for Super Bowl XLIII. Peter King of Sports Illustrated, as he has all week, provided a pool report from practice on behalf of the Pro Football Writers of America.

Here is a healthy portion via King:

The Pittsburgh Steelers, appearing loose and relaxed for the third straight day, hustled through their final major practice prior to Super Bowl XLIII Friday at the University of South Florida, and coach Mike Tomlin said his team was completely healthy heading into the Sunday night game against the Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium. All 53 players, including wide receiver Hines Ward (right knee strain), practiced without restriction in unseasonably chilly conditions for an hour and 50 minutes. Ward and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, speared in the kidney area during the AFC Championship Game 12 days ago, looked sharp. Roethlisberger executed several efficient red zone and goal-line plays, finding tight end Heath Miller for a couple of scores. The Steelers will conclude their practice week with a short walk-through session on USF's two football practice fields Saturday at 10 a.m. before the club changes lodging Saturday afternoon from their Tampa hotel to a private location in the Tampa Bay area to ensure privacy and a good night's sleep before Sunday's game.

"I feel great about our preparation," coach Mike Tomlin said at the close of practice. "Of course, you evaluate your preparation by your performance in the game, but I think the guys understand everything they have to do entering the game."

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