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Chris Adamski

A day after being awarded a game ball for a game in which he did not play, Maurkice Pouncey is back with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The All-Pro center was activated Monday after serving a two-game suspension for his role in the Steelers’ on-field melee Nov. 14 with the Cleveland Browns. Pouncey punched and kicked the Browns’ Myles Garrett after Garrett had driven Mason Rudolph into the ground, removed Rudolph’s helmet and slammed Rudolph over the head with it.

Pouncey’s suspension originally was announced as three games but was lowered to two on appeal. B.J. Finney started a center for wins against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Browns on Sunday.

From the Heinz Field locker room after the 20-13 victory, the Steelers FaceTimed with Pouncey and told him they were giving him the game ball.

In a procedural move, Pouncey was placed on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, which provides the Steelers a two-day roster exemption. Pouncey will be eligible to participate when the Steelers have their first practice of the week Wednesday.

Center Patrick Morris was released from the 53-man roster Monday. He must clear waivers, but if he does the Steelers are expected to re-sign Morris to their practice squad Wednesday. Morris spent the first 1½ seasons of his career on the Steelers practice squad and was signed Nov. 22 to take Pouncey’s spot on the active roster.

Morris was in uniform for both games Pouncey missed but did not play.

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