first_img Rain over them? Snow is forecast for Chicago and Indianapolis today, and the high temperature may not climb much higher than single digits in either city. There’s no chance of that in Miami, but forecasters say there’s perhaps a 50 percent chance of rain falling on the Super Bowl – something that’s never happened before. The field at Dolphin Stadium can easily withstand a shower; a drainage system under the turf can process up to 3inches of rain per hour. “The last game, we played in snow, sleet, rain. That’s Chicago Bears weather,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. Plain old rain won’t bother his team, he said. Despite an injured ankle, cornerback Nick Harper participated in the Indianapolis Colts’ final walk-through practice Saturday in Miami, and the team is hopeful he’ll be ready for the Super Bowl. Harper’s status will be decided around game time today, Colts coach Tony Dungy said, adding that the cornerback “feels very confident that he’s going to be able to go.” “It was encouraging for him to at least take part in the walk-through,” Dungy said. The Colts also expect defensive end Robert Mathis to play against the Chicago Bears, even though Mathis was held out of practice. Mathis left the workout on Friday because of back spasms. center_img Indianapolis’ Dungy said his team packed longer cleats and rain gear, just in case. “We take pride in being able to go on the road,” Dungy said. “Whatever the weather is, I don’t think it will really be a major factor.” Favre doesn’t mean more green to go around: With quarterback Brett Favre committed to another season in Green Bay and the Packers’ salary cap situation in good shape, it must be time to go out and sign free-agent playmakers to make one last playoff charge. Not quite. Packers general manager Ted Thompson isn’t about to abandon his build-through-the-draft philosophy and mortgage the team’s long-term prospects by signing high-priced free agents. “That’s the funny thing about free agency: Sometimes it’s the almighty dollar sign that has the most influence,” Thompson said. “I think each free agent decides where he wants to go for his own reasons, but I think Brett Favre is a good teammate to have, and I’m sure there are people around this league who think that.” Cowboys eyeing two coaching candidates: Soon, Jerry Jones promises, he will have a new head coach for the Dallas Cowboys. First, however, Jones said he would like to speak with two more candidates after today’s Super BowlXLI, although he did not divulge who they are. It’s believed the Cowboys will talk with Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, and Indianapolis assistant head coach Jim Caldwell could also be a possibility. “I have a leaning, but I’m going to be open-minded,” Jones said. Former Cowboys offensive coordinator Norv Turner is viewed as the frontrunner for the job and sat two rows behind Jones at Saturday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame news conference. Turner is one of eight candidates to have met with Jones since Bill Parcells announced his resignation Jan. 22. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more