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DALLAS — Injured Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey said that if he practices Friday, he can play in Super Bowl XLV.
"If I can go Friday, I will play," Pouncey said, "if I can't, I won't play.
Pouncey disputed reports that he has a broken bone in his ankle, saying he has a high ankle sprain only. He had his cast removed Tuesday and has been off crutches since that point. He appeared at Wednesday's media session without his walking boot, reporting that he was "getting around pretty good" and was able to put pressure on the injured ankle (Pouncey plans to be back in the boot Wednesday night). He said he has been undergoing intense rehabilitation, spending multiple hours on the stationary bike to keep the swelling down.
Still, it's a serious injury — and Pouncey agrees with that. "It's a big-time injury," he said.
If Pouncey is out, Doug Legursky will start at center. He started four games this season at guard and replaced Pouncey at center in the AFC championship game.
"He (Legursky) did an awesome job. … He's a great player playing on a great team."
Pouncey said that the fact it's the Super Bowl has no effect on whether he'll play or not.
"If it was the preseason, I would try to play," he said. "I am not a quitter."
Much like Hines Ward was two years ago during pre-Super Bowl week, Pouncey has been peppered during the team's two media sessions about the injury and whether he plans to play or not. Head coach Mike Tomlin disputed earlier reports that Pouncey had definitely been ruled out and gave his rookie Pro Bowl center a "75 percent chance" to play in the game.
"It is probably the most attention any offensive lineman has gotten for an injury in the history of offensive linemen," Pouncey joked.
— Arthur Arkush contributed to this story