The ankle injury that knocked Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Maurkice Pouncey out of the AFC Championship game against the New York Jets last week will most likely keep the Pro Bowl center out of Super Bowl XLV next week in Dallas.
As the Steelers wrap-up their first week of practice before heading down to Dallas next week for Super Bowl festivities leading up to their match-up against the Green Bay Packers, Pouncey remained on the sideline, on crutches, his ankle wrapped in a hard cast.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Pouncey, along with having ligament damage, also has a break in the ankle, an injury thought to be a high ankle sprain. After the game on Sunday, Pouncey vowed to play in two weeks but it seems unlikely know. In fact, on Wednesday, guard Chris Kemoeatu intimated that Pouncey would be out for the big game.
If Pouncey cannot go, it would not only be a disappointment to the rookie but a blow to the Steelers’ chances. Pouncey is not only their starting center but he is their best lineman. Guard-center Doug Legursky would be his replacement. Legurksy played the rest of the game against the Jets and performed well, except for two fumbled snaps. The undrafted player out of Marshall is one of the strongest guys on the team and he will need to use all his strength going against the Packers’ massive nose tackle B. J. Raji.
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