Pouncey has had ankle issues since preseason. He's been intermittently in and out of the lineup since the Falcon's preseason game when he got rolled up near the goal line. Now tonight he gets it rolled up on again and goes out of the game near half time and doesn't return.
His being out not only affects the Center position but it forces Legursky to abandon his post at Left Guard which has a snow ball affect on the line. This is something that is has been an issue all year and will continue to be an issue. Maurkice admitted as much earlier in the year. He's just going to have to fight through it; but if he doesn't come back for the 49ers game, Ben is in serious trouble. We can only hope these next 11 days will be enough to get him back at Center.
He was playing his heart out and refused to come off the field. In fact the timeout shortly before halftime was called partly due because Kemoeatu came onto the field but Pouncey wouldn't leave. The dude has got guts and a ton of heart not wanting to let his teammates down.