According to a story by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers OLG Chris Kemoeatu said after practice Wednesday that rookie C Maurkice Pouncey will not be able to play in Super Bowl XLV.
Pouncey, a standout from Day One for the Steelers and already the anchor of the O-line, suffered a left high ankle sprain early in the divisional-playoff victory over the Jets. He did not return to the game and left the stadium on crutches.
He has been fitted for a cast and has not been made available by the Steelers since Monday when he expressed hope that he would play in the big game.
for Super Bowl XLV against Green Bay after suffering what was initially being diagnosed as a left high ankle sprain.
"We know how big this is for him and him not being able to play is definitely motivating for us to go out there and get that ring for him," Kemoeatu said in the Tribune-Review story.
Doug Legursky, who replaced Pouncey in the Jets' game, will once again play center in the Super Bowl.
The way we see it
This is a terrible blow to an already-porous Steelers offensive line, and the latest injury hit that the O-line has suffered. Previously, the team had lost starting OTs Willie Colon and Max Starks with season-ending injuries.
Pouncey played a high level in his first season in the league and was the glue holding this patchwork line together. Legursky did a decent job filling in for Pouncey against the Jets, but the Steelers managed only 56 total yards in the second half and struggled to run the ball as well as they had earlier in the game.