The Pittsburgh Steelers are still clinging to the hope that starting center Maurkice Pouncey will be able to play in Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The Pro Bowl rookie continues to recover from a broken ankle injury suffered in the AFC Championship game. When the team arrived in Dallas on Monday, Pouncey exited the chartered jet on crutches while wearing a walking boot on the injured ankle.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Monday that the Steelers “remain hopeful” that Pouncey can suit up on Sunday:
“We’ve been very aggressive in terms of treating it,” Tomlin said in Fort Worth. “We’ve even been putting it in hard casts and so forth. Just trying to do everything in our power to give him the best opportunity to participate. I don’t know what his chances are at this point.”
On Monday, sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Pouncey definitely won’t play in the Super Bowl. That seems to jive with all the previous reports as to the severity of the injury. But the team doesn’t seem eager to make anything official leading up to the game.
If Pouncey cannot go, back-up center Doug Legursky will get the start.