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Posted on: February 4, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Pouncey officially out for Sunday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has told ESPN’s Suzy Kolber, via Adam Schefter, that rookie C Maurkice Pouncey did not practice today and will not play in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

This, of course, is not surprising, though Pouncey had been saying that he was 75 percent probable to play.

Kudos to him for continuing to believe that notion – if he did, in fact, believe it – even when it seemed clear that it was nearly going to be impossible for him to perform.

That means backup Doug Legursky will take over the center role and will be the man in charge of slowing down Green Bay’s B.J. Raji.

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 10:51 am
Edited on: February 4, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Tomlin: Practice today a must for Pouncey to play

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- Maurkice Pouncey's been asked about his leg so many times that he's getting sick of all the attention.

In fact, the Steelers rookie center even began complaining about the absurd amount of attention he was getting for someone who doesn't play a "famous position."

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But people are going to keep asking about him, because he's so critical to the Steelers' offensive line. They can stop asking, though, if Pouncey doesn't practice Friday.

"Yes," Tomlin responded when asked if Friday practice was a must for Pouncey to play on Sunday.

In other words, the end of the witching hour is drawing nigh (Tomlin's reference to the stretch of time between Thursday and Friday in which Pouncey needed to get healthy).

But still, don't technically rule him out yet, because he could practice.

"I’m sure he’s over there working, trying to prepare himself," Tomlin said when asked if Pouncey would practice. "When I get over there, that’s going to be one of the many things I check up on and see if he’ll have an opportunity to participate today in some form or fashion."

Practice starts at 11, which means the world should know whether or not Pouncey's upgraded to a "maybe" or not by some time this afternoon.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Driver misses practice; other Packer injury news

Posted by Andy Benoit
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Packers wide receiver Donald Driver tweaked his bothersome quad injury and missed Thursday’s practice. The Packers claim they aren’t worried, though.

“He’s fine,” Mike McCarthy told Jim Trotter, who is covering Green Bay practice for the NFL. “He wants to practice and all that, but I’m not taking any chances with him. I’ll probably hold him out tomorrow, as well.”

The quad injury landed Driver on the inactive list in early November and cost him two games.

Veteran left tackle Chad Clifton also sat out practice to rest his knees. Like Driver, Clifton is expected to play Sunday.

The only other noteworthy injury for Green Bay is starting outside linebacker Erik Walden, who is fighting a sprained ankle. Walden was limited in practice on Thursday.

The Steelers are healthy with the exception of center Maurkice Pouncey, who has not practiced all week and will likely not play.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Pouncey's boot is off; still says he could play

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

FORT WORTH, Texas – The best part of Steelers rookie C Maurkice Pouncey’s day? The announcement this afternoon that today’s media session on TCU’s campus had ended.

That meant Pouncey’s dealing with the media, regarding the high ankle sprain that probably will keep him out of the Super Bowl, had ended as well.

Finally, he wouldn’t have to answer any more questions from the roving media horde.

“That’s my biggest excitement of the day,” Pouncey said with a laugh.

For the record, Pouncey said he’s still 75 percent to play, even though he didn’t practice Wednesday and won’t practice today. But apparently, he thinks he can practice Friday and then play Sunday.

The fact he wasn’t wearing a walking boot at the media session was a pretty good sign.

“I can walk around,” Pouncey said. “I feel pretty good about that.”

He can’t jog or run – “Aw, heck no,” was Pouncey’s answer to that question – but he’s been riding the stationary bike at practice and getting therapy while working to knock out the swelling that’s still prevalent in his ankle.

Likely, none of this will matter, because he probably will not play. But we can’t be totally positive at this point, which means the Packers probably can’t know either. And that’s probably the point of this whole charade anyway.

For more of my interview with Pouncey, where we talk about the pub he’s been getting and his conditioning, click the video below.



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Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Mendenhall likes Legursky, but loves Pouncey

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

ARLINGTON, Texas – The so-called “running clock” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will place on injured C Maurkice Pouncey to see if he can play Sunday begins Wednesday, and though virtually nobody here believes Pouncey, suffering from a high ankle sprain, actually will play, he’s still become a big storyline this week.*

*Which is sort of strange, because centers hardly ever get the pub.

And there’s a good reason for it, said RB Rashard Mendenhall. Because, as he said today, Pouncey is pretty damn good.

“Pouncey is an incredible player,” Mendenhall said. “He does things at the line that I didn’t think were possible until I saw him. He creates so many big plays with his hustle. Whenever you see a big play, he’s blocking guys at all levels, including linebackers and safeties.”

OK, but considering he probably won’t play, what do you think about Doug Legursky?

“Doug’s done a great job all year,” Pouncey quickly replied. “He’s done right guard, left guard, center. He’s done all that, and we won the game with him at center and without Pouncey.”

Yes, but his enthusiasm for those answers was slightly higher when he was talking about Pouncey – who, for the record, still feels like he can play Sunday.

Here’s Mendenhall talking about other aspects of the Super Bowl.



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Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:07 am
 

Report: DE Smith out, will have MRI

Posted by Will Brinson

Aaron Smith's been less mentioned name amongst the two much-needed Steelers unlikely to play in the Super Bowl (center Maurkice Pouncey, using crutches and a golf cart to get around, is the other).

And it looks more and more like Smith won't play. In fact, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Monday afternoon, shortly after the Steelers landed in Dallas, that Smith (and Pouncey) would miss the Super Bowl.

Gerry Dulac cites a source who says that despite the Steelers holding an open roster spot for Smith, he won't play on Sunday because of triceps tear he sustained in Week 6.

Additionally, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Smith will undergo an MRI before Wednesday in order to solidify his status. Smith's currently listed as questionable on the injury report, along with Pouncey.

If Dulac's report is correct, the MRI isn't even necessary and Smith will miss the game regardless. But provided that Schefter's correct, it appears the Steelers may not know for certain whether or not Smith can suit up, although it seems that a determination will be made in time for the Packers to prepare in late-week practice.

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Tomlin optimistic on Pouncey despite appearances

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- The Steelers made their way into town (technically, Fort Worth, but you get the point) on Monday, and one of the highlights of Mike Tomlin's initial press conferences with the media was the state of rookie center Maurkice Pouncey.

Pouncey, as we all know, is unlikely to play. However, Tomlin, despite the fact that Pouncey was transported on a golf cart while holding crutches (see: right), remained optimistic about the possibility that his rookie center could play.

"We’re just trying to everything in our power to give him the best opportunity to participate," Tomlin said in his press conference on Monday. "I don’t know what his chances are at this point, to be quite honest with you. He is not on a running clock in my mind until Wednesday, when you start getting along in your normal preparation.

The Steelers coach also indicated that the team would be "aggressive" in trying to get the rookie center ready to roll for the Super Bowl, which just so happens to be in less than seven days.

He wouldn't, however, confirm the rumors of a broken bone in Pouncey's ankle, admitting only that there was a sprain.

"Of course he has a high-ankle sprain," Tomlin said. "We’ve been very aggressive in terms of treating it, even putting him in a hard cast and so forth."

Actually, the issue appears to be that the Steelers will be even more depleted at offensive line than possibly thought when they take the field on Sunday against the Packers. And the biggest issue in Tomlin's search for a second championship in three years, is that Doug Legursky will be the center in charge of keeping B.J. Raji and the rest of Green Bay's front seven at bay.

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 7:38 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Pouncey won't play after all

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Despite saying last week that he would play in the Super Bowl, Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey won’t participate because of his high ankle sprain and the broken bone in his ankle, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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That means Doug Legursky – who took over for Pouncey after he was injured in the AFC championship game and struggled (sometimes, even snapping the ball) – will take the start instead.

That can’t thrill Ben Roethlisberger, considering Legursky will have to spend part of his time fending off Packers NT B.J. Raji.

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