Maurkice Pouncey and Aaron Smith will be on the sidelines for Super Bowl XLV, per the Pittsburgh Steelers injury report. Both were ruled out late in the week after attempting to fully participate in practice.
Pro Bowl center Pouncey suffered a high ankle sprain injury early in the AFC Championship Game against the New York Jets. He was replaced by Doug Legursky, which worked fine for the most part but did perhaps contribute to a bobbled snap that wound up giving the Jets a critical safety. This isn't a surprise for the Steelers, who've been saying for days now that they expect to go without Pouncey, no matter how hard he insisted on trying to play.
DE Smith was limited in practice throughout the week, but his triceps injury will prevent him from suiting up. He hasn't been 100 percent since 2008, playing in only 11 games in the past two seasons, and has only made 13 tackles in that time.
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