The rumors are fast and furious since the Post Gazette broke the story that Steelers Pro Bowl, Rookie Center Maurkice Pouncey has a broken bone in his foot. He’s been in a cast all this week and is of course missing practice. The Steelers have not ruled him out of the game, nor would I expect them to do so until the last minute if it comes to that.
Guard Chris Kemoeatu talked to the media earlier this week saying that Pouncey was definitely out of the game, and then today he recanted those statements while talking to reporters. “I think they’re taking it day by day, as far as his injury,” Kemoeatu said, holding out hope that the team’s first-round pick will suit up vs. the Packers. “I don’t think it has been confirmed that he’s not playing yet. Right now he’s just rehabbing.”
It’s nothing new for NFL players to play with broken bones in their foot. One can look no further than starting Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who has been playing with a bad foot for the last couple months. The main issue isn’t so much the broken bone for Pouncey, but rather how fast the ligaments in his ankle will heal and/or how much pain he can stand if he does go. Pouncey has had this type of ankle sprain before in college, and of course today’s NFL trainers and medical staff are well versed in treatments to speed recovery. Tomlin’s press conference next week and media day should shed some more definitive insight on Maurkice’s potential availability. There is no question he has been the rock of the Offensive Line this year and his presence will greatly aid the Steelers ability to protect Ben in the Super Bowl. Doug Legursky, the young “jack of all trades” lineman will be at Center if Pouncey can’t go and filled in admirably in the AFC Championship Game. These 2 weeks of practice will be key to his performance, since even if Pouncey can go, Legursky will get all the reps in practice. Pittsburgh is already thin on available lineman so any spare body at this point is a plus.
The Steeler Nation can do nothing but wait and see how the next week unfolds for the young, star, Center.