As of Friday afternoon, Steelers Center Maurkice Pouncey was been ruled out of Super Bowl XLV on Sunday. In the nearly 2 weeks leading up to this point, Pouncey was rehabbing daily starting at 5am trying to get ready to play. At media day on Tuesday he told reporters that he was 75% sure he would be able to play. Perhaps a bit premature or over zealous, but either way there was hope. He was out of the hard cast, off crutches, and into a soft boot. He seemed to be walking around much better, giving all of the Steeler Nation hope that our prized 1st round, pro bowl Center could go.
Doug Legursky will now get the start on Sunday evening as Tomlin dropped the news that Pouncey could not practice again today and won’t be able to go in the game. Legursky has been a jack of all trades and arguably the Steelers best backup lineman this year. He filled in at Center in the AFC Championship game. Looking back at that game, he will be able to use that valuable experience to help him out this weekend. He has gotten all the reps in practice this week, and going up against Casey Hampton is as good a practice partner as you can find.
The media “experts” everywhere have even more fuel to add to their fire now, as if they needed any more excuses to pick the Packers and anoint them the Super Bowl champs already. The Steelers opened up as 2.5 point underdogs and will remain in that role until kickoff. Maurkice is a difference maker, the line is most definitely better when he is in there but Legursky is no slouch either. Sean Kugler is one of the best offensive line coaches in the league, he will have Legursky ready. What better motivation to do well than the Super Bowl itself, and in the face of everyone telling you that you can’t do it. The Steelers have faced adversity all year long, losing players at every position on their front line at some point. This Sunday will be no different, but fortunately for the Steelers, they are used to this role. Their mindset, game plan, and confidence in each other will not waiver. This season started out with the Steelers fighting an uphill battle, against all odds, and with nobody expecting anything from them. It continued that way through the entire 2010 season, so why should the final game be any different?
Let the haters, doubters, and nay sayers do their thing. The talkers will talk; and the Steelers will come out Sunday night and do what they do.