The team had separate jog-throughs for the defense and offense at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers ran through a series of defensive calls in a 27-minute session, covering all kinds of down-and-distance as well as time-and-score situations. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin put the offense through a 14-minute session going over some final corrections.
“I really liked today’s schedule because finally this gets you back on the routine you’ve been on for the last five years,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said to pool reporter Todd Archer following the session. “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.”
Wide receiver Donald Driver (quadriceps) took part in the jog-through, while linebacker Erik Walden stood next to outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene during the defensive walk-through. Walden is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury,
“Erik’s going to have to show us something before the game,” McCarthy said. “Obviously we’re going over early, 2 o’clock, so we’ll have a decision right there at the deadline.”
Unlike the Steelers, the Packers will remain at the hotel they have called home since arriving on Monday, on Saturday night.
“I’ve received feedback from clubs that have left the hotel and stayed,” McCarthy said. “Seeking routine and consistency in how we’ve operated in the past, I chose to stay in the same hotel. I’ve heard positives from both sides.”
Following the jog-through the players were off until an 8:30 p.m. chapel and 9 p.m. team meeting on Saturday. McCarthy will hold his final team meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday before the team heads to Cowboys Stadium. He said the team was scheduled to have a guest speaker at Saturday night's team meeting but he did not want to divulge who that will be.
“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.”
Winners of the 2010 NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards were announced Friday evening at the 29th annual NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards show in Dallas, and Packers guard Josh Sitton received the honor as the league’s top offensive lineman.
Selected by a majority vote of alumni, the 12 recipients received their award from a former player and television or big-screen celebrity. Sitton was one of three finalists at his position group along with Miami tackle Jake Long and New Orleans guard Jahri Evans.
Sitton was named a Pro Bowl alternate this season as he started all 16 games at right guard for the second straight year.
Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, who was ruled out on Friday for Super Bowl XLV because of an ankle injury, was placed on injured reserve by the team on Saturday.
To fill his spot on the roster, Pittsburgh signed guard Dorian Brooks off its practice squad. He will wear No. 77.