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Friday, January 28, 2011
XLV: Practice report III

By Kevin Seifert

Getting inside Friday's Super Bowl practice report, which in a particularly quirky development, required both teams to classify their injured players' prospects for playing the Feb. 6 game:

Pittsburgh Steelers: Three players who had been sitting out practice this week returned for full participation Friday: Cornerback Bryant McFadden (abdomen), safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles) and receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) all practiced Friday. Center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) did not and was listed as questionable for the game, along with safety Will Allen (knee) and defensive end Aaron Smith (triceps). Don't read much into those designations. We won't know anything definitive about Pouncey until late next week, if at all.

Green Bay Packers: Friday was the Packers' first practice of the week; they continue working through Monday morning before they depart for Texas. Coach Mike McCarthy decided to give his players as much time off as he could. He also reversed course on an initial plan to have players wear full pads Friday. The big news was that linebacker Frank Zombo (knee) practiced for the first time in about six weeks. His return coincided with current starter Erik Walden's ankle injury. McCarthy said Walden won't practice until next Wednesday at the earliest. It's not yet clear if Zombo would be healthy enough to replace Walden in the starting lineup. For what it's worth, the Packers listed Walden and Zombo as questionable for the game.