Saturday, February 5, 2011

Steelers rule out Aaron Smith for Super Bowl

For four months the Steelers kept defensive end Aaron Smith on the active roster, rather than putting him on injured reserve, because they hoped his triceps injury would be healed in time for him to play in the Super Bowl.
But it’s not going to happen: Smith has been ruled out for Super Bowl Sunday.
So the Steelers will be without both Smith and center Maurkice Pouncey, but coach Mike Tomlin said after Friday’s practice that he’s not concerned, and he’s confident in Doug Legursky’s ability to fill in for Pouncey without missing a beat.
“The NFL is made up of lots of players like him—guys who somehow got an opportunity and seized it,” Tomlin told pool reporter Peter King. “We’re completely confident that he will seize this opportunity and play well. That’s why we’re not changing what we do.”
For the Packers, linebacker Erik Walden is questionable with an ankle injury, linebacker Frank Zombo is probable with a knee injury and receiver Donald Driver is probable with a quad injury.

author:  Michael David Smith

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