Friday, February 4, 2011

Injuries suddenly a concern for Packers

The Steelers opened the week likely to be without center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) and defensive end Aaron Smith (triceps), and looking like the Super Bowl XLV team with easily the most injury concerns.
The Packers are catching up.
Green Bay slot receiver Donald Driver, who battled a quad injury for all of the season’s second half, was held out of Thursday’s team drills with a quad injury.
“He’s fine,” coach Mike McCarthy assured. “He wants to practice and all that, but I’m not taking any chances with him.”
McCarthy’s comments seem to indicate that Driver was held out as a precaution. We’ll see.
Packers linebacker Erik Walden (ankle) also came up “very sore” and missed team drills. He’ll likely be listed as questionable. Walden’s backup, Frank Zombo (knee) is practicing fully with the first team.
Packers left tackle Chad Clifton (knees) and backup offensive lineman Jason Spitz (calf) were both limited, but will be fine to play.
For the Steelers, Pouncey was held out of practice and coach Mike Tomlin says it’s “getting to the witching hour for Maurkice.” Pouncey needs to practice Friday to play Sunday.
Smith was limited Thursday, just as he has been throughout the playoffs.

author:  Evan Silva

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