Green Bay Packers' Erik Walden misses Saturday jog-through

Feb. 5, 2011

Linebacker Erik Walden did not participate in the Packers’ jog-through Saturday in the Omni Mandalay Hotel. His chances to play Sunday in Super Bowl XLV are slim.

“Erik’s going to have to show us something before the game,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Obviously we’re going over early, 2 o’clock, so we’ll have a decision right there at the deadline.”

The defense went through a 27-minute session and the offense made final adjustments for 14 minutes, according to pool reporter Todd Archer.

Receiver Donald Driver (quad) took part in the jog-through and will play Sunday.

“I really liked today’s schedule because finally this gets you back on the routine you’ve been on for the last five years,” McCarthy said. “We’ve had an opportunity for our final corrections in our meetings. The coordinators have given their last message to each unit and they had their final walkthrough, like we always do.

“They’re done for today and we’ll have a team meeting tonight.”

The Packers were scheduled to have chapel at 8:30 p.m. and a team meeting at 9 p.m. The final team meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

McCarthy continued to keep Saturday night’s guest speaker a secret.

“To me the preparation stress has just left the building,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s very important to put the players in a mental state where their mind is clear and it’s time for them to prepare themselves for the game.

“We’ll have our team meeting. We’ll have a strong message tonight, then our snack will follow ... I’ll give them the final message at 10:30 in the morning.”

At the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, the Steelers held their final workout.

Family members were present at the laid-back, 45-minute session.

“Nothing else was normal,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “But there’s not a lot about this week that is (normal), so we’re not going to fight against it. We're going to embrace it.”

The Steelers used the same strategy in preparation for Super Bowl XLIII.

“It’s two-fold,” Tomlin said. “We want to honor them of course because their love and support is the reason why these men are here. But also we use them to a degree because we had to get some work done today and nothing outside of the white lines was normal. But let’s face it, nothing (tonight) outside the white lines is going to be normal.

“This is a mock game for us, it represented just that. It was unique in terms of the people that were outside the field but the work we got done inside the white lines was very normal for a Saturday.”

Dan Rooney and Art Rooney II, TCU football coach Gary Patterson and Steelers greats John Stallworth and Mel Blount attended the practice.

Rookie center Maurkice Pouncey was ruled out Friday and placed on injured reserve Saturday. Center/guard Dorian Brooks was promoted from the practice squad.

Sitton honored

Packers starting right guard Josh Sitton beat out Miami’s Jake Long and New Orleans’ Jahri Evans for the NFL Alumni Association offensive lineman of the year award. Sitton accepted the award in Dallas on Friday night. “‘Wow’ is about all I can say. I’m blown away,” Sitton told the Pensacola News Journal. “It’s awesome just to be mentioned with those guys. But to be nominated by Bill Parcells and voted the award by the NFL Alumni — I mean, man, this is a great honor.”

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