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Posted at 5:28 PM ET, 02/ 5/2011

Super Bowl XLV snapshots: Erik Walden ailing; Dorian Brooks activated

By Cindy Boren

It's tough to know where to begin in the Official Eve of the Super Bowl roundup, what with the injury updates and labor talks and the Holy Grail videotape of Super Bowl I and the incident between Desmond Howard and Phil Simms, so let's just dive in.

Linebacker Erik Walden may not be able to play for the Green Bay Packers. "Erik's going to have to show us something before the game. We'll have a decision right at the deadline," Coach Mike McCarthy said, via pool reporter Todd Archer. Frank Zombo would start in his place. Wide receiver Donald Driver, who has a thigh injury, participated in the jog-through.

The Steelers have activated center/guard Dorian Brooks, with Maurkice Pouncey out and now on injured-reserve. He'll back up Doug Legursky.

"Seeking routine and consistency in how we've operated in the past," McCarthy adds that the Packers will stay in the hotel they've occupied all week; the Steelers will move to another place.

The NFL and NFL Players Association held a negotiating session and promised more. Both sides left through a side door and issued only a joint statement.

The NFL and NFL Players Association met for two hours today in a continuing effort to narrow the differences and reach a fair agreement that will benefit the players, teams and fans. We plan to increase the number, length and intensity of bargaining sessions so that we can reach agreement before the March 4 expiration of the current CBA.

See? The Holy Grail:

The Tweets of Desmond Howard indicated that Phil Simms allegedly/reportedly/kinda tried to pick a fight at the NFL Experience (a lovely place for family fun at every Super Bowl):

At NFL-Xperience and Phil Simms just threatened 2 hit me b/c I said his son was 1 of the worse QBs in the SEC. I told him "LET'S GO!"
I am DEAD serious about the Phil Simms thing. We all thought he was joking, but he kept going and said he wanted 2 take a swing at me!!
During the season we talked about the Tenn v LSU game and I said "u will see 3 of the worse QBs in the SEC" That's what Phil did not like.
It ended w/police stepping in between so I could continue my appearance w/fans.

His wife, Rebkah, opted to attend the Virginia-Miami game and missed the flap, tweeting:

So apparently while I've been at this bball game, Phil Simms tried to assault my husband at the NFL Experience? Oh, Ok. #wheretheydothatat?

Simms responded, via CBS Sports,

"Desmond and I were having a private conversation that became heated. But at no time was there ever a chance of any physical confrontation, or that I felt the police officer assigned to me by the event planners for my appearance needed to separate the two of us."

Sports by Brooks has the story.

By Cindy Boren  | February 5, 2011; 5:28 PM ET
Categories:  Super Bowl XLV  
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