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Steelers Have a Final Practice Getting Set for SB XLIII

The Steelers wrapped up their final practice before Super Bowl XLIII on Friday afternoon, and the conditions were a bit chilly for the one hour, 50 minute session. Coach Mike Tomlin said that the team is healthy and ready to go, and all 53 players took the field for the team, including WR Hines Ward, who was in question with his sprained knee.

The team will finish the week with a short walk through on Saturday at 10am at the USF practice field. The team will then move from their current location to a private lodging spot on Saturday night to make sure they are left alone and allowed to have good night’s rest before the big game.

“I feel great about our preparation,” coach Mike Tomlin said at the close of practice. “Of course, you evaluate your preparation by your performanc e in the game, but I think the guys understand everything they have to do entering the game.”

The teams first-team offense and defense worked on third-and-short, goal-line, red-zone and nickel situations. Byron Leftwich played the role of Cards QB Kurt Warner, and put extra air under his long balls like Warner does.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. mark

    January 30, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Fans, this is it. Practice makes perfect and the Steelers are going to have to be as close to perfect as possible on both sides of the ball. I have said before that the Steeler “A” game beats the Cardinal “A” game all the time. The Steelers are going to need a great effort all around. I expect the Cards to hang around a while so the Steelers are going to need TD’s. If the Steelers can get to 26 points, that should be enough. I,like ever other Steeler fan, wants 36 points to be safe.

  2. Vicky

    January 31, 2009 at 1:05 am

    i got a nice ward jersey form

  3. mark

    January 31, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I cant take it anymore!! The anticipation is driving me nuts!! Im nervouse but optimistic!! Somebody please help me!!!!!!! I need some posts from fans to help calm me down.

  4. Phil

    January 31, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Mark –

    I don’t think either team will be in the 30’s. Especially not the Cards. Let’s go Steelers!!!

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