View Full Version : Pouncey to miss Super Bowl

01-26-2011, 07:04 PM

01-26-2011, 07:08 PM
Looks like it's still up in the air to me. Kemo's opinion isn't the only one out there.

01-26-2011, 07:16 PM
Could be a ploy, could be Kemo assuming.

Legursky is OK. Just gotta stay out of long down and distance and quit making every damn run between the tackles.

01-26-2011, 07:44 PM
Trai Essex isn't reading into the fact that Pouncey's wearing a cast as an indicator that he's not playing.

Per Wexell's twitter:

3rd string C Essex says hard cast an option; team thinks promotes quick healing. Not about severity.

Not sure what's the truth now...

01-26-2011, 08:16 PM
Call me chicken little but this is devastating. The line just can not be asked to hold their blockers too long. Cullen Jenkins, Clay, Raji is tough enough to go against even if we had our starting line.

I have seen enough Packer games this year to where I dont know of any other team then the Steelers & maybe the Chargers that hits or even hurries the QB as much.

In the coaching staff I trust along with Big Ben but BA makes it clear that he does not adjust to this so I dont know what to expect.

Going into this my biggest fear was Jennings, Jones, Driver, & Nelson matching up but the injury may top this.

Does anyone remember who embarassed BMAC last year on Green Bay?

01-26-2011, 08:48 PM
I don't think we'll get ANY real insight into this til the day before the Super Bowl.
Its all gamesmanship.

01-27-2011, 01:36 AM
Cook: Steelers' Legursky crams, just in case

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Most of the Steelers spent their off day Tuesday preparing for their trip to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV, taking care of all the details for their families, making final arrangements for flights, hotel rooms and tickets to the big game.

Maurkice Pouncey, Doug Legursky and Trai Essex spent a big part of the day preparing for the Green Bay Packers.

Centers, you know?

Pro Bowler Pouncey, backup Legursky and emergency backup Essex were at the Steelers' South Side headquarters with offensive line coach Sean Kugler, getting their weekly advanced look at the game plan, which will be given to the rest of the team today. Here's hoping Pouncey wasn't wasting his time because of a left high-ankle sprain that makes him questionable -- at best -- for the game Feb. 6. Here's also hoping Legursky paid extra attention.

Just in case.

"I'll be ready if I have to go," Legursky said. "I'm ready every week."

Legursky didn't let the Steelers down Sunday night in the AFC championship game against the New York Jets after Pouncey went down midway through the first quarter when linebacker Bryan Thomas rolled up the back of his leg. Running back Rashard Mendenhall scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on the next play for a 7-0 lead, which quickly became 24-0. Legursky did well enough with his run-blocking that Mendenhall finished with 121 yards. His pass-blocking was good enough that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stayed relatively clean, sacked just twice. The Steelers held on, 24-19.

That extra film work with Pouncey, Essex and Kugler the previous Tuesday night paid off for Legursky. He made all the line's blocking calls, seemingly with little trouble.

"There was no dropoff whatsoever," said offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, who knows a little something about stepping in for a fallen teammate, putting his hand in the pile and keeping the standard as the standard.

Column note: The second half of the above paragraph is dedicated to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

Back to Legursky ...

"He played his tail off. I'm so happy for him. That's my guy, man," Pouncey gushed.

A little love for a valued teammate is nice, but Pouncey and, especially Scott, might have been guilty of embellishment. That has little to do with the two snaps that Legursky botched with Roethlisberger, the second resulting in a fourth-quarter safety and prompting Legursky to fess up, "That was 100 percent my fault. I was trying to get my arms under the guy in front of me and I short-armed the snap." It has just about everything to do with Pouncey, who, though a rookie, has been called, "The Freak," by Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians because of his smarts and physical skills. Few NFL starting centers -- let alone backups -- are as good.

But it's fair to think the Steelers wouldn't be in their third Super Bowl in six seasons without players such as Legursky and Scott. Kugler has done a terrific job plugging the leaks that seem to develop each week on the line. Legursky started four games at right guard early in the season when Essex was hurt, has played at left guard at times and gets the occasional snap as the blocking fullback in the team's goal-line offense. Scott has played both tackles, taking over as the starter on the left side when Max Starks was lost for the season with a neck injury in the Cincinnati game Nov. 8. Starting right guard Ramon Foster has played multiple positions. So has Essex. Only Pouncey and right tackle Flozell Adams have started every game at their regular position.

"I don't think there's ever been an O-line like this one," Legursky said.

Clearly, that standard-is-the-standard sermon that Tomlin always preaches means something to the proud linemen. Enough people have blamed them when the Steelers' offense has struggled. I'm here this morning to applaud them.

The other claps you hear are coming from Roethlisberger.

"You know me, I'm the biggest fan of our offensive line regardless of how much bad stuff is written about them and how supposedly terrible they are. They are a great group. They are a very close group. They will do anything for me, which makes it a little more special. They find ways to fill in and step up and play for each other. I can't say enough good things about those guys."

The Steelers are down to one game with everything at stake. The big fellas have to get it done one more time. Pouncey isn't expected to practice until next week -- if then -- but has vowed to play against the Packers despite what appeared to be a serious injury. Legursky, meanwhile, will prepare as if he's going to be the center of attention. Should he run on the field at Cowboy Stadium with Roethlisberger and the other starters, it would add to his nice story of perseverance. "A long, hard ride," Legursky called it. An undrafted free agent out of Marshall and a practice-squad player in '08. A little-used reserve in '09. And now, perhaps, a Super Bowl starter after the '10 season.

You had better believe Legursky will pay extra attention in the Steelers' meeting room and on the practice field, as well as when the linemen gather at left guard Chris Kemoeatu's house Thursday night and work a little overtime at their regular weekly film study session.

Just in case.

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01-27-2011, 08:56 AM
Pouncey may in fact miss the game or this may be a smokescreen but lets not mistake Kemo for being someone intelligent enough to be a doctor.

When I hear it from Tomlin I believe it.

01-27-2011, 09:09 AM
Pouncey may in fact miss the game or this may be a smokescreen but lets not mistake Kemo for being someone intelligent enough to be a doctor.

When I hear it from Tomlin I believe it.

Wexell said pretty much the same thing:

jimwexell James C Wexell

@bradward1975 Well, I'm sure Pouncey's surprised to hear this. He's still hopeful. Have to consider source, too.

01-27-2011, 09:17 AM
"There was no dropoff whatsoever," said offensive tackle Jonathan Scott,

He must have missed the part of the game where 2 points went on the scoreboard under the Jets name and the Steelers lost possesion of the ball....

01-27-2011, 09:17 AM
Trai Essex isn't reading into the fact that Pouncey's wearing a cast as an indicator that he's not playing.

Per Wexell's twitter:

3rd string C Essex says hard cast an option; team thinks promotes quick healing. Not about severity.

Not sure what's the truth now...

Related in another thread how they used a hard cast to get my daughter's ankle fixed quicker for soccer. She was ready in two weeks. Obviously she doesn't have to worry about the strain a Center in football does but using a hard cast to speed healing is a typical therapy. I'm sure he is getting some other treatment too like electric stim to speed healing to that area.

As I said I'll believe he is out when Mike Tomlin says so. It is really too early to say right now.

01-27-2011, 03:29 PM
I say again, we'll be putting all kinds of gamesmanship on this.

Make sure Raji has to prepare for both. The media will ask him questions about it and he'll have to ponder things. Pondering not good for him.

We'll not know anything for sure til they say he's OUT. If he's close, they may even activate him and not start him in case someone else goes down on the interior. He could maybe gut out a half or 15 plays, just not the whole game.

Who knows?

But today is not the day the question will likely be answered.

01-27-2011, 08:13 PM
PG exclusive: Steelers' Pouncey has broken bone in left ankle

Thursday, January 27, 2011
By Gerry Dulac and Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has a broken bone in his left ankle along with the previously-announced high ankle sprain. His status for Super Bowl XLV Feb. 6 remains highly doubtful.

Steelers sources say they have not yet ruled him out of the game against the Green Bay Packers, but a number of teammates remain privately skeptical that he will be healthy enough to play.

Both Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Pouncey himself described the injury to the rookie Pro Bowler as a high ankle sprain, sustained on the opening drive of their 24-19 victory against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game.

But, after further examination, it was determined Pouncey also has a broken bone in his ankle. His left foot and ankle were encased in a hard cast that replaced a walking boot. Pouncey has been using crutches to get around but has not been available to the media this week at the team's training facility.

Sources told the Post-Gazette that while there is a broken bone, damage to the ligaments in his ankle remains the major stumbling block for him.

Pouncey was injured when Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas fell on the back of his left leg after being shoved by right tackle Flozell Adams. The play came at the tail end of a Ben Roethlisberger pass to Hines Ward that carried seven yards to the Jets one.

Doug Legursky replaced Pouncey at center and the Steelers scored on the next play when Rashard Mendenhall ran 1 yards into the end zone. Legursky played the rest of the game and likely will start in the Super Bowl. His backup would be guard/tackle Trai Essex, who has played just about every position on the offensive line this season.

Pouncey and Adams were the only players on the offensive line to start every game this season.

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01-27-2011, 08:24 PM
PG exclusive: Steelers' Pouncey has broken bone in left ankle

This would have to put his chances of playing in SB XLV at almost nil, I would think.