When you get as far as the Super Bowl, it's good policy to take care of every detail.
That's why Denver coach Dan Reeves had his players fielding punts and catching passes and trying out shoes in their practice inside the Louisiana Superdome Saturday.
The Broncos wrapped up preparations for today's game with a 30-minute practice in sweat clothes.
"Usually we don't do anything on Saturday except our special teams," said Reeves. "But today I wanted them to test their shoes to see if the traction was OK. And, secondly, we wanted to try to do some things to get used to the lights. So we threw the ball and punted the ball to check the lights."
Reeves had been somewhat vocal during the week about the field conditions at Tulane University, where the Broncos practiced. He had no complaints about the artificial surface inside the dome. "Except the grass seems to be shorter than it normally is," Reeves joked.
The 49ers announced that they had activated veteran fullback Harry Sydney from injured reserve for today's game. The choice was between Sydney and linebacker Jim Fahnhorst.
"Tom Rathman is our only fullback and I felt we had to secure that area," said coach George Seifert.
"Harry is also one of our valuable special teams players, one of our core guys, really."
Sydney, who played for the Denver Gold in the USFL, took the spot on the roster created when rookie back Keith Henderson was placed on injured reserve early last week.
The Niners worked on 15 offensive plays and five defensive plays during their final workout, inside the dome. For the second consecutive day, linebacker Bill Romanowski assumed Keena Turner's role at outside linebacker. The 31-year-old Turner rested his legs again but is expected to start today.
Once again, safety Ronnie Lott didn't jog and continued to favor his strained right thigh muscle. It created conjecture that the All-Pro safety will not be able to start today's game.
More than 100 Superdome and CBS-TV workers were in the building when the Niners practiced.
"That part didn't bother me," Seifert said. "Seeing the Super Bowl memorabilia, all the paraphernalia connected to the game kinda makes me antsy, queasy, anxious."
The Superdome is unfamiliar territory for the Broncos. Only once in the 30-year history of the franchise has Denver played a regular season game there. That was during the 1988 season when the Broncos lost, 42-0. It was the only time Denver has been shut out in the last five seasons.
On the other hand, the Superdome is a familiar locale for the 49ers, who play here every year in their home-and-home series against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC West. San Francisco had an 8-1 record here in the 1980s. The lone loss was by 23-10 in 1986. The Niners have won, 24-22, 34-33 and 24-20, in their appearances here since then.