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).