Super Bowl injury report: Steelers return to practice

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(G. Newman Lowrance/NFL.com)

The NFL released the first official injury report for Super Bowl XLIII on Wednesday. With 10 full days before the Steelers and Cardinals take the field, there isn’t much to learn about the potential playing status of any players.

As he eluded to on Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin held out several players who are dealing with injuries and will continue to limit them early in the week. He expected all to be able to play. Tomlin also said WR Hines Ward, whom he categorized as having a sprained knee, would be expected to go. The Steelers returned to practice Wednesday after a day off Tuesday and are on a normal practice schedule this week.

Steelers’ injury report

Did not practice: LB Patrick Bailey (hamstring), C Justin Hartwig (knee), RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), RB Willie Parker (not injury related), QB Ben Roethlisberger (back), DE Aaron Smith (not injury related), T Max Starks (knee), LB Lawrence Timmons (illness), CB Deshea Townsend (not injury related), WR Hines Ward (knee).

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Two players who were injured in the NFC Championshp Game against the Eagles were listed on the Cardinals’ injury report — RB J.J. Arrington and DE Travis LaBoy. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed LaBoy’s bicep injury on Monday, but didn’t know whether it was a strain or a tear. LaBoy entered last week’s game with an ankle injury that had caused him to miss three games. The Cardinals didn’t practice Wednesday, according to the team’s official Web site, but will return to the practice field on Thursday.

Cardinals’ injury report

Did not practice: RB J.J. Arrington (knee), DE Travis LaBoy (biceps).
Limited participation: P Ben Graham (left groin), DE Antonio Smith (knee).
Full participation: WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring).

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