In the days leading up to Super Bowl XLV, the Green Bay Packers' primary target of concern is the left outside linebacker position. Starter Erik Walden is out with an ankle injury, and the most likely candidate to replace him, Frank Zombo, has been nursing a knee injury.
Hopeful news has emerged for the Pack on Wednesday morning. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Walden will attempt to practice, injured ankle and all:
"I'm going to give it a go tomorrow," Walden said Tuesday at media day. "There's some soreness and stiffness, but I've played in college and the NFL hurt. Once the adrenaline and excitement kicks in under the lights, I won't think about all that."
Walden has been undergoing all type of treatment around the clock. He also has been able to maintain a measure of cardiovascular fitness by working out in a pool.
And if Walden doesn't start, Zombo sounds confident that he will be able to. Once again, from the Journal-Sentinel:
"I practiced all last week," he said. "Felt really good. Felt real confident. I didn't have any pain or anything like that, so I'm looking forward to the game."
Here is the Green Bay Packers' full injury report:
Probable: A.J. Hawk (knee), Desmond Bishop (ankle), Jason Spitz (calf), Chad Clifton (neck), Greg Jennings (knee)
Questionable: Frank Zombo (knee), Erik Walden (ankle)
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