Losing center Maurkice Pouncey would be a significant blow for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have suffered multiple offensive-line injuries. Pouncey is still officially listed on the injury report as "questionable," but according to an independent report, he will not appear in Super Bowl XLV, and neither will defensive end Aaron Smith. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Shortly after the team arrived at its hotel, sources confirmed to the Post-Gazette that Pouncey and Smith will not play in the game. Doug Legurksy will start at center.
"I don't think it's going to affect us at all, personally," right tackle Flozell Adams said about Pouncey. "We have a lot of guys on this team, not just the offensive line, who come in and step up. I have no shadow of a doubt that Doug will do just as good a job, if not better, than Pouncey. I mean that."
Pouncey, for his part, is still holding out hope that he'll be able to start at center. Technically, a "questionable" status is supposed to indicate that a player has a 50-50 chance of playing. Here is the Steelers' injury report as it currently stands.
Probable: Emmanuel Sanders (foot), Bryant McFadden (abdomen), Jonathan Scott (ribs), Troy Polamalu (achilles)
Questionable: Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), Aaron Smith (triceps)
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