Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey will miss the Super Bowl, according to teammate Chris Kemoeatu.
Pouncey has been fitted for a cast, after suffering what was believed to be a high-ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game. Pouncey didn’t return after suffering the injury, but suggested after the game he’d play in the Super Bowl. The cast is a good sign that isn’t going to happen.
The news is good for the Green Bay Packers and bad for the Steelers. Pouncey was probably the Steelers best offensive lineman, this season.
However, the Steelers have kept together their offensive line through injuries like the Packers have kept together their team — by plugging in backups and winning anyway. The Steelers lost tackles Max Starks and Willie Colon to injured reserve during the season.
Doug Legursky will replace Pouncey in the lineup.
Legursky managed to hold things together against the Jets, but, as Pro Football Weekly notes, the Steelers totaled only 56 yards in the second half and didn’t run the ball as effectively with Pouncey on the sideline.