Packers shift practice indoors

Updated: February 2, 2011, 9:57 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The Green Bay Packers have decided to practice indoors Wednesday at Highland Park High School.

The Packers were originally scheduled to practice outdoors at SMU, but a team spokesman had indicated earlier Tuesday that the Packers would decide Wednesday morning where to hold Super Bowl practice later that day, depending on the SMU field and weather conditions.

After the collapse of the Dallas Cowboys' indoor practice facility in May 2009, the team elected not to construct a new one, hence the need for the Packers to use the facility at Highland Park.

Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk already has a scouting report on the Highland Park facility. One of his Ohio State teammates, Anthony Schlegel, graduated from the school.

"I'm from Ohio and high school football is pretty big, at least we think it is," Hawk said. "[Schlegel] has told me about [the indoor facility]. Texas football is amazing. Everything in Texas is great."

Hawk is also getting some help from another former Buckeye, Bobby Carpenter, who played for the Cowboys from 2006 to 2009.

"I asked Bobby about playing in the new stadium and how it was and he said it's just amazing and told me to have a good time down here," Hawk said. "He hasn't sold his house yet and a couple of my buddies are staying at his vacant house this week to get some use out of it."

Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter