Aaron Smith limited in practice for Steelers

The Packers and Steelers issued their first Super Bowl injury reports today, and the big news is that Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith is listed as limited in practice with the triceps injury that has kept him out of action since October.

The Steelers’ decision to keep Smith on the 53-man roster, and not put him on injured reserve, was always predicated on the hope that he could be back for the Super Bowl. And that’s still a possibility. But looking at the Steelers’ roster, it seems like it’s going to be tough for the Steelers to find a place for Smith among the 45 active players on Super Bowl Sunday.

If it’s true that center Maurkice Pouncey won’t play in the Super Bowl, however, the silver lining for Steelers fans would be that it would create one more spot on the 45-man game day roster for Smith.

Smith was the Steelers’ only player listed as limited in practice. In addition to Pouncey, Pittsburgh held five other players out of practice today: safety Will Allen (knee), cornerback Bryant McFadden (abdomen), safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles), receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) and tackle Jonathan Scott (ribs).

The Packers had two players who didn’t participate in practice, linebackers Erik Walden and Frank Zombo. Five Packers were limited: linebacker Desmond Bishop (ankle), tackle Chad Clifton (neck), linebacker A.J. Hawk (knee), receiver Greg Jennings (knee) and center Jason Spitz (calf).

12 responses to “Aaron Smith limited in practice for Steelers

  1. Hope Aaron is good to go for the Super Bowl, I think they will use him as a sub for Hood and Keisel if he is able to play, should keep them fresh all game.

  2. It’s probably worth pointing out that the Packers didn’t actually practice today. The list of guys you mentioned were just the ones who would have been out or limited if they had.

  3. None of the Packers practiced today. They aren’t practicing until Friday.

    The NFL required them to release an injury report.

  4. Smith’s replacement, Ziggy Hood, has had sacks in 4 of the past 5 games, including a huge sack to help snuff a Ravens rally at the end of their playoff game. I don’t think Aaron Smith has ever in his career had 4 sacks in 5 games – so you would almost want Ziggy on the field as much as possible against the Packers.

    However, if Aaron could play at or near full strength, he would be a helluva backup on the d-line

  5. They should have just put him on IR so they’d have an additional spot for an O lineman. Obviously this playoff run has proved it could be needed.

  6. As the hurting Packer players dragged themselves around the practice field, the coachs shouted at them, “C’mon, c’mon, are you guys in the team picture or out? Stop collapsing you goddamn Girl Scouts!”.

  7. doesn’t matter if smith plays or not the steelers are in for a beat down!! that chump wouldn’t get around clifton anyway!! put him in the picture just to be nice!

  8. jc1958coo says:

    “doesn’t matter if smith plays or not that chump wouldn’t get around clifton anyway!!”

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    Smith is a defensive tackle that plays in the 3-4. His job is not to “get around” anyone. His job is to clog up the o-line while the linebackers rush the passer. A formula that has the Steelers in the top 5 in defense every year.

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