Bad injuries sometimes require players to be carted off the field. The worse injuries are the ones that require a player to be carted TO the game. And that seems to be the case with Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who needed crutches to get off the team plane Monday and then a golf cart to bring him to the team bus.
Pouncey injured his ankle last week in the AFC Championship Game against the Jets. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin did not dispute reports that the rookie has a broken bone in his ankle, but said that it is the high ankle sprain that is keeping Pouncey sidelined for now. And Tomlin said the clock on whether or not Pouncey will be able to play in Sunday’s Super Bowl probably won’t start until Wednesday.
If Pouncey does not play, he’d be replaced by Doug Legursky. Legursky has started games at guard for the Steelers, but this would be his first start at center. And he’d be facing Green Bay’s dominant nose tackle B.J. Raji.
Of course, Legursky did get some time at the position against the Jets.
“Maurkice didn’t get hurt on the last play of the AFC Championship Game, if you know what I mean,” Tomlin said.
The Steelers players seemed to have confidence in Legursky as well. Flozell Adams said he had no doubt that Legursky could play “just as good if not better” than Pouncey. And Ben Roethlisberger said he was comfortable taking snaps from Legursky last week.
“I was so proud of the way Doug played (against the Jets),” Roethlisberger said last week. “I can’t say enough about him. I have all the faith in the world in those guys. The standard, as coach says, doesn’t change. Guys know that.”