Report: Steelers' Pouncey has broken bone in ankle

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 9:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 9:44 p.m.

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey did not practice again Thursday because of the left ankle injury he sustained during Sunday's AFC championship game victory over the New York Jets Sunday.

The Florida alum said after the game Sunday that he intended on playing in the Super Bowl, and was seen in a cast and on crutches Wednesday. Teammate Chris Kemoeatu had told reporters Wednesday that Pouncey was not going to play in the Super Bowl, but he backed off those comments Thursday.

Later Thursday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, citing unidentified sources, that Pouncey had a broken bone in his left ankle to go with a sprain.

The team has not ruled Pouncey out of the Feb. 6 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Also not practicing for the Steelers was starting cornerback Bryant McFadden, who has a strained abdomen. McFadden also did not practice early last week, but he returned to practice Friday and played Sunday — albeit with a somewhat reduced workload.

William Gay assumed McFadden's role as the team's No. 2 cornerback, and Doug Legursky replaced Pouncey.

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