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Steelers, Packers arrive in Texas for Super Bowl week

FORT WORTH — Video cameras and cowboy hats were in style as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers arrived Monday at the Super Bowl.

With dozens of fans chanting "Go Pack Go" as the players walked off team buses, the Packers witnessed Super Bowl frenzy for the first time in 13 years. Many of the players carried video cameras or aimed their cell phones at the crowd to take pictures before heading to news conferences.

A few of them wore cowboy hats, but none went as far as Steelers veteran receiver Hines Ward. He took the "True Grit" route, decked out in black cowboy hat, black shirt, belt buckle and jeans.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger held his mobile phone high, taking photos of the six-deep pack of reporters at his podium.

"Just taking it in stride, enjoying this opportunity regardless of what comes or how it comes," Roethlisberger said. "Take it all in."

Taking it all in were the big guys who block for him. They paid tribute to tackle Flozell Adams, who spent a dozen seasons as a Dallas Cowboy before joining this Pittsburgh team, by wearing his No. 76 Michigan State shirt as they deplaned.

"It's special to bring back the throwbacks, for all the guys to wear them," Adams said. "They're all still walking around with them on. ... I'm grateful for it."

There were plenty of fans in black and gold outside the Steelers' hotel, some carrying the obligatory Terrible Towels. But they were far outnumbered at the Packers' hotel in Irving a few hours later when the NFC champions pulled in.

Maybe that has something to do with Pittsburgh making its third Super Bowl appearance in six years. Not that the players are blase about it.

"It's always exciting for the opportunity to close up the season by playing in the Super Bowl," Roethlisberger said. "I don't think you ever get tired of this, so take as much video and pictures as you can."

Steelers' Pouncey not ruled out by Tomlin — Maurkice Pouncey still has a shot at playing in the Super Bowl.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would not rule out his Pro Bowl rookie center Monday, despite Pouncey having a high left ankle sprain. Pouncey needed crutches to walk down the steps from the team's charter flight in Dallas, and wore a bulky walking boot on his left foot.

"We've been very aggressive in terms of treating it," Tomlin said. "We've even been putting it in hard casts and so forth. Just trying to do everything in our power to give him the best opportunity to participate. I don't know what his chances are at this point."

Pouncey injured his ankle in Pittsburgh's 24-19 victory over the New York Jets in the AFC championship last Sunday. He did not practice at all last week, and Tomlin said Pouncey is "not on a running clock" until Wednesday — the team's first practice before the Super Bowl.

"We will remain hopeful," Tomlin said.

According to media reports, Pouncey also has a broken bone in the ankle — a report Tomlin would neither confirm nor deny.

"I'm sure it could be characterized as that," Tomlin said vaguely. "I'm sure I've got something floating around in my ankle. The issue that's keeping him from participating is the high ankle sprain."

Backup Doug Legursky, who lost out to Pouncey for the job in training camp, would fill in if necessary. Legursky is a former undrafted free agent from Marshall who was on the Steelers' practice squad during their last Super Bowl win two years ago.

"I don't think it's going to affect us at all personally because we have a lot of guys on this team, let alone the offensive line, that can come up and step up if one of the starters come down," offensive tackle Flozell Adams said. "So I have no shadow of a doubt that Doug will do just as good a job — if not better than Pouncey — being in there for this Super Bowl. And I mean that."

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