Packers to allow hurt players in photo

Updated: January 26, 2011, 7:24 PM ET
Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Linebacker Nick Barnett, tight end Jermichael Finley and the rest of the Green Bay Packers' injured players will be in the team's Super Bowl photo after all.

A team spokesman says the much-discussed photo has been scheduled for next Friday, a timeline that will allow injured players to take part.

"I'm excited to be part of team photo," Finley said Wednesday in a post on his Twitter account. "Now let's get that ring [in] Dallas!"

The photo originally was expected to happen at Super Bowl media day next Tuesday, causing Barnett and Finley to express disappointment through their Twitter accounts that they weren't going to be included.

Barnett called it "sad," and Finley said it was "not cool," although both players later softened their criticism and said they didn't want to create a distraction.

Injured players are not scheduled to join the team in the Dallas area until next Thursday and will be on the sideline during the Feb. 6 game against Pittsburgh at Cowboys Stadium.

The Packers list 16 players on injured reserve.

Packers defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said he was happy the injured players would get to be part of the photo.

"I definitely would agree with that," Pickett said.


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