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Pro Bowl Practice Week Wraps Up

Posted by Scott Kegley on January 30, 2010 – 1:44 PM

The NFC and AFC squads wrapped up their week of practice on Saturday.  The practices were held at Lockhart stadium in Ft. Lauderdale and were open to the public.

Take a look at our photo gallery from Saturday’s practice.  It was a lighter, abbreviated session that featured the NFL cheerleaders.  NFC coach Wade Phillips was also miked up during practice and that sound was played over the stadium’s speakers so that all the fans could hear the interaction between Philips and the players.

Patrick Willis was replaced on the NFC roster by Panthers linebackers Jon Beason after he decided not to play because of a minor injury.

With the week of practice concluding, players will get the rest of the day off and resume preparation on Sunday for the 7:20 ET kickoff of the NFL’s all-star game.

There hasn’t been much adjustment for players like Jason Witten.  The Cowboys tight end didn’t have to learn anything new this week since the Cowboys coaching staff is heading the NFC squad.

“I think there are going to be some good plays,” Witten said.  “I know this offense pretty well so I’m excited about it and I look forward to playing tomorrow.”

49ers punter Andy Lee looks around at the rest of teammates and can only feel optimistic about his team in tomorrow’s game.

“The only thing I can say is I like our chances,” Lee said.  “We’ve been practicing well so we’ll see how it all goes tomorrow.”

This will be Lee’s second Pro Bowl.  He was selected to the team in 2007, but the only time he was on the field in that game was to hold on field goal kicks.

“I didn’t punt the last time, so I don’t know if I really learned anything from that game that will help me tomorrow,” Lee joked.  “I just have to go out there, do my job and show why I was chosen.”

Lee ranked 1st in the NFC in 2009 with a 47.6 gross punt average so he’ll definitely be an asset for his team if called upon on Sunday.  However, Lee laughed and said that he wants to be even more involved.

“I don’t think we have a fake in, who knows,” Lee said.  “We could throw something in, but we’ll see if I’ll have to actually punt this time around.”

It’s been an enjoyable week for Lee who was able to bring his wife Rachel as well as some of his family out to South Florida along with him.

“Yesterday was great,” said Lee.  “I went out to eat with the family and hung out by the pool.  The place we went to eat was called Truluck’s.  I got this big Alaskan crab from Dutch Harbor.  That what they have on the show Deadliest Catch.  It was great.”

For all of our coverage of the Pro Bowl, visit our Pro Bowl Central page.

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4 Responses to “Pro Bowl Practice Week Wraps Up”

  1. By Niner Jan on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    Disappointed that Patrick Willis will not be playing. For him to NOT play (due to a minor injury) has me a bit concerned that maybe the minor injury is more than he publicly wants known, but knowing Patrick,he would not ask to remove himself from the game unless it was a little bit of a concern to him.

    Let’s just hope that he REALLY didn’t hurt himself too much.

    Niner Jan

  2. By AlexMcD32 on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    even bc pat isnt playing will it show that he has been in 3 pro bowls in his career so far?

  3. By Smuman on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe a new priority, get a road block of an ILB to protect Willis and keep him free to make tackles. Not sure if Spikes should be the guy or if they need to spend $$ on a free agent. That’s assuming there are any free agents better than Spikes

  4. By PaulJ on Feb 1, 2010 | Reply

    Jullius Peppers might be a nice addition with there not being a salary cap this coming season.

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