The good news for the Pittsburgh Steelers is that Maurkice Pouncey has been through all this before. The best news is that he has two weeks to get better.
Even so, the last thing you want to see in the weeks leading up to a Super Bowl in which you are 2.5-point underdogs is the your All-Pro rookie center in a cast and crutches while the rest of the team practices.
That was exactly the case as Pouncey, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the first half of the team’s win over the Jets on Sunday, gingerly moved through the complex Wednesday. QB Ben Roethlisberger and backup center Doug Legursky had trouble completing several snaps during the rest of the game, including one that resulted in a New York Jets safety.
“I had the same injury before on my other ankle, and I know how to attack it. I know how to approach things,” Pouncey told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The Steelers confirmed that X-rays on Pouncey’s ankle came back negative, which means there aren’t any broken bones in his ankle. But, sometimes, a sprain is worse than a break. Especially a high ankle sprain.
Pouncey said he expected to play in Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers.
“I know in my heart that I’m playing in that game,” Pouncey told the Tribune-Review. “It was the worst pain ever.”
But he was quick to add that he suffered a similar injury as a sophomore at Florida but returned to play the next game.
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