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Steelers' fill-in will be ready, he says

DALLAS — Doug Legursky prepared all week like he was going to play in the Super Bowl. Good thing, because the Steelers' backup guard is making his first start as a center today.

Friday, rookie Pro Bowl selection Maurkice Pouncey was ruled out because of a high left ankle sprain sustained during the AFC title game.

Legursky, an undrafted free agent out of Marshall in 2008, started four games in place of injured G Trai Essex early this season. Those are Legursky's only starts among 24 career regular-season games.

"I'm approaching it the same way I've done every game this entire year, going into it prepared as if I'm going to play," Legursky said last week.

"If I don't do it that way and I get thrown in there, I'm not prepared. So I'm not going to make that mistake."

Steelers move: Pittsburgh put Pouncey on injured reserve before going through Saturday's final walkthrough. C/G Dorian Brooks was signed from the practice squad to take his roster spot.

Packers injuries: Green Bay LB Erik Walden, who was expected to start, did not participate in the jog-through, putting his availability in doubt. Walden has been limited at practice since spraining his ankle during the NFC title game. Coach Mike McCarthy said Walden will be evaluated before the game. If he can't go, Frank Zombo will start. Zombo is a rookie who started eight games but has missed the past six with a knee injury. WR Donald Driver, who is nursing a quadriceps injury, took part in the jog-through.

Down to three: One of the four men featured in a national commercial for never missing a Super Bowl will not be at today's game. Robert Cook, 79, of Brown Deer, Wis., is hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment. The Packer fan's wife, Sarah, said only he became weak Thursday. Cook gave his two tickets to his daughters, who will have an enlarged photo of their dad attached to a stick. Patriots fan Donald Crisman, 49ers fan Larry Jacobson and Steelers fan Thomas Henschel also have been to the previous 44 Super Bowls.

Dome talk: This will mark the 13th Super Bowl played indoors. The NFC has a 9-3 advantage. Pittsburgh and Green Bay won their only indoor Super Bowls. The Steelers beat Seattle at Detroit's Ford Field in 2006, and the Packers beat New England at the Louisiana Superdome in 1997.

More snow?: Just when things were looking up on a bright and sunny Saturday, snow is back in the forecast for today. The National Weather Service forecast rain for today with a possible switch to snow (less than an inch of accumulation) about 6 p.m. — just in time for kickoff. (Cowboys Stadium's retractable roof will be closed.) "It's a little depressing," said Marc Castaldo, a bar manager in downtown Fort Worth. "I mean, this is Texas."

Steelers' fill-in will be ready, he says 02/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 5, 2011 10:14pm]
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