Kemoeatu says Pouncey will miss Super Bowl
Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey will not play in Super Bowl XLV because of an ankle injury suffered in last weekend's AFC Championship Game, a teammate told the Tribune-Review on Wednesday.
"We are definitely sad that he won't be able to be with us in the Super Bowl," left guard Chris Kemoeatu said after Wednesday's practice on the South Side. "Definitely I feel bad for him. We just have to win it for him. It's definitely a huge loss for us."
Pouncey said after the Steelers' 24-19 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday that he planned to play in the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers.
"I had the same injury before on my other ankle, and I know how to attack it," he said.
Pouncey injured his ankle — described by Steelers officials as a high left ankle sprain — in the first quarter against the New York Jets when linebacker Bryan Thomas rolled up on his leg. The next play Rashard Mendenhall scored to give the Steelers a 7-0 lead.
Pouncey did not return and was relegated to crutches on the sidelines for the rest of the game.
The Steelers' 2010 No. 1 draft pick had his ankle X-rayed Monday and was fitted for a cast. Pouncey was not available during two open locker room sessions yesterday but was seen at the team's practice facility in a cast and using crutches. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin did not address the media yesterday.
A Steelers public relations official declined comment, saying the team stands by its injury report, which states only that Pouncey did not practice. The team does not issue an injury report identifying the likelihood of a player's playing status until next week.
Pouncey's agent, Joel Segal, could not be reached for comment by phone or e-mail.
If Pouncey cannot play, Doug Legursky would take his place opposite of B.J. Raji, the Packers' 6-foot-2, 337-pound nose tackle.
"I prepare every week as if I was playing, and this week is no different," said Legursky, a 2008 undrafted free agent from Marshall who filled in for Pouncey against the Jets and saw limited action against Cincinnati during the middle of the season.
Legursky has played center and both guard spots this season, as well as fullback and tight end in short yardage situations. He started four games at right guard when Trai Essex went down with an injury earlier this season.
Essex will back up Legursky at center.
"Doug's done it all, and he's ready and primed for this opportunity, and I think he's going to do a great job," injured left tackle Max Starks said. "The biggest thing is having the mentality and attitude of 'You know what, whatever I can do to make this team successful, I'm going to do it.' "
Legursky helped the Steelers run for 166 yards against a stout Jets defensive front.
"Everybody saw how big he was in the game," Kemoeatu said. "We believe in Doug and have confidence in him, and I think we will be all right."
Still, losing Pouncey is significant, Kemoeatu said.
"We know how big this is for him," Kemoeatu said, "and him not being able to play is definitely motivating for us to go out there and get that ring for him."Additional Information:
Tale of the tape
Here's how Maurkice Pouncey and Doug Legursky match up:
Height: 6 feet 4
Weight: 304 pounds
How acquired: 2010 first-round pick (18th overall)
NFL experience: Rookie
Height: 6 feet 1
Weight: 323 pounds
How acquired: 2008 undrafted free agent
NFL experience: 2 years
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers claim former Cowboys cornerback Webb
- Veteran Keisel settles into role with Steelers
- Steelers notebook: Safety Mitchell faces former team, hurts leg
- Preseason valuable for Steelers’ offensive line
- Steelers running back blunt about focusing on football
- Steelers have plenty of new faces at wide receiver
- Steelers notebook: Team cuts 15 players, including LB So’oto, RB Hall
- Rossi: Steelers will make small strides this season
- Steelers cornerbacks Allen, Gay, Taylor have something to prove
- Steelers’ Mitchell enduring growing pains
- Steelers defensive end Thomas is finding success on the field