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    1/29/2011 10:39:00 AM et
    Steelers LT Jonathan Scott (ribs) is listed as probable for the Super Bowl but did not practice Friday.

    Scott will need a few extra days to rest up before taking the practice field to prepare for next Sunday's matchup with the Packers, though he's fully expected to play.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    1/29/2011 10:32:00 AM et
    Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot, probable) and CB Bryant McFadden (abdominal/groin, probable) both returned to practice Friday.

    Both players were held out of practice earlier in the week so that they could get some rest for their nagging injuries. Sanders and McFadden are each expected to be active for the Super Bowl.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    1/29/2011 10:23:00 AM et
    Steelers S Will Allen (knee) and DE Aaron Smith (triceps) are listed as questionable for Super Bowl XLV.

    Smith is a long shot to suit up for the big game, but Allen fully intends to be on the field against the Packers next Sunday. Said Allen, "I'm playing. No way I'll miss my first Super Bowl." The core special teamer and backup safety is one of the team's most valuable players.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    1/29/2011 10:15:00 AM et
    Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Super Bowl XLV.

    Normally players listed as questionable have a 50-50 chance of playing, but take this with a grain of salt. Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps), who is almost certainly not going to play in the Super Bowl, was also listed as questionable. Pouncey did show up to the team's facility Friday in a protective boot and not a hard cast like he had been wearing in previous days, but at this point it's hard to be optimistic about his chances of playing.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    1/28/2011 1:08:00 PM et
    According to Colts president Bill Polian, it's "almost unanimous" that NFL talent evaluators place Ben Roethlisberger in the elite category with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

    And there's not a more respected or decorated talent evaluator in the league than Polian, architect of the Bills' Super Bowl teams as well as the past decade's Colts' dominance. Big Ben is 10-2 (.833) in the postseason compared to 14-5 (.737) for Brady and 9-10 (.474) for Manning. The truth is that Roethlisberger has been dominant since he entered the league. His regular-season winning percentage is second only to Brady's, and no QB tops his 8.0 yards per pass attempt.

    Source: Los Angeles Times

    1/28/2011 11:20:00 AM et
    Steelers third-string QB Charlie Batch wants to return for another season in 2011.

    Batch is a Pittsburgh native, so it's likely Steelers or bust for the 36-year-old. Byron Leftwich, due $1.75 million, is almost certain to return. Dennis Dixon was due to hit free agency under the rules of the old CBA. His Steelers future is up in the air, especially if he lands an opportunity to compete for a starting job elsewhere.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    1/27/2011 7:37:00 PM et
    In addition to a serious sprain, Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey is reportedly also dealing with a broken bone in his left ankle.

    The ligament damage remains the biggest hurdle. The Steelers aren't ruling Pouncey out for the Super Bowl, but he's considered "highly doubtful" to play. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cites several teammates as being "privately skeptical" that Pouncey will play, and at least two of them have been publicly skeptical as well. Doug Legursky is being prime to start against Packers NT B.J. Raji.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    1/27/2011 4:36:00 PM et
    Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders sat out practice with a foot injury for a second straight day Thursday.

    The team is resting all players with nagging injuries. Sanders isn't known to be in any danger of missing the Super Bowl and will likely return to practice next week. The rookie has emerged as a third-down factor and playmaking threat as the No. 3 receiver.

    Source: Packers.com

    1/27/2011 2:13:00 PM et
    The Steelers' run defense has actually improved since Ziggy Hood took over for an injured Aaron Smith at left defensive end in Week 8.

    Smith has a reputation as the league's best 3-4 end against the run, but the stats suggest Hood has been just as good. The Steelers allowed 63.8 rushing yards per game with Smith starting versus 62.1 per game with Hood. The 2009 first-rounder is yet another draft "hit" for a franchise that rarely swings and misses.

    Source: Sporting News

    1/27/2011 12:12:00 PM et
    ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that the Steelers are "preparing to go with" Doug Legursky at center in the Super Bowl.

    Schefter cautions that the Steelers haven't ruled out Maurkice Pouncey (high ankle sprain) yet, but all signs point to the rookie Pro Bowler sitting out. Pro Football Focus graded Legursky poorly as both a pass and run blocker in 2010, particularly in run blocking. It's bad news for a team whose only clear-cut advantage over Green Bay is its running game.
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    Thanks for the info.
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