Report: Injury will cause Pouncey to miss Super Bowl
Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 8:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 8:51 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Steelers might face their biggest challenge in terms of offensive line continuity at the Super Bowl against Green Bay, with the status of the unit's lone Pro Bowler in doubt. Rookie center Maurkice Pouncey left the AFC championship game during the opening drive with a sprained left ankle.
Pouncey, a standout at the University of Florida, did not practice all last week and was spotted at the team's practice facility with a cast on. Although he is listed as questionable, there is a possibility that he'll miss the game.
Teammate Chris Kemoeatu said last week Pouncey would miss the game, and it was reiterated Sunday morning by ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reported that Pouncey will not play in Super Bowl XLV because of a fracture and high ankle sprain.
Pouncey started all 16 regular-season games and both playoff games for the Steelers. He deserves some consideration for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
If Pouncey can't play, Doug Legursky - undrafted in 2008 - will make his first career start at center during the Super Bowl. Legursky has played elsewhere on the line during his brief career, plus stints at tight end and at fullback. But his lone experience as a starter is a four-game stint early this season at right guard.
"We have a lot of confidence in Doug Legursky," fellow lineman Ramon Foster said. "He's one of those guys who's very smart. He prepares just like Maurkice does during the week, so there was no nervousness going on as far as when he came in there."