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Maurkice Pouncey listed as “questionable” but really out

Maurkice Pouncey

The Steelers have listed center Maurkice Pouncey as questionable for the Super Bowl, but there’s no question about it: Pouncey isn’t playing against the Packers.

That was made clear by teammate Chris Kemoeatu, and it was reiterated this morning by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who reported that Pouncey will not play in Super Bowl XLV because of a fracture and high ankle sprain.

As a rookie out of Florida, Pouncey started all 16 regular-season games and both playoff games for the Steelers. He deserves some consideration for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Without Pouncey, Doug Legursky will start against Green Bay, and his battle with Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji may be the most important individual matchup in the Super Bowl.

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34 Responses to “Maurkice Pouncey listed as “questionable” but really out”
  1. dempsey63 says: Jan 30, 2011 12:17 PM

    So, Chris Berman, is it going to be Doug “Bronko” Legursky after all is said and done?

  2. stairwayto7 says: Jan 30, 2011 12:26 PM

    Same thing was said about Shaun Ellis and he was never heard from! Raji willbe looking for Johnny Quest this week!

  3. dobreshunkajackham says: Jan 30, 2011 12:54 PM

    Can’t see him playing if it is broken. Bummer.

  4. jc1958coo says: Jan 30, 2011 12:58 PM

    now the steelers have an excuse when green bay is done whoopin #ss! 34-24 packers not even close!

  5. skeletaldrawing says: Jan 30, 2011 1:08 PM

    This is obviously a huge boon to the Packers, although I feel for Pouncey – no one wants to miss the biggest game of their career due to injury.

    To be sure, Legursky is no match for Raji. This should not only lead to more sacks, but generally help the Pack to contain both the run and pass.

  6. goawayeverybody says: Jan 30, 2011 1:09 PM

    Go Packers!

  7. citizenstrange says: Jan 30, 2011 1:10 PM

    Pouncey had a HUGE impact in his rookie year. The Steelers hit a grandslam homerun with that pick.

  8. fancyleague says: Jan 30, 2011 1:13 PM

    34-24? The Packers scored 14 on the Bears D.

  9. jamson64 says: Jan 30, 2011 1:37 PM

    jc1958- were you born in 58? you talk smack like a 12 year old.

  10. jamson64 says: Jan 30, 2011 1:38 PM

    JC1998

    see fancyleague’s post.

  11. heyzeus143 says: Jan 30, 2011 1:44 PM

    legursky is tougher and stronger than most cheeseheads know

  12. 4sacroc says: Jan 30, 2011 1:47 PM

    Whaddya know: An actual NEWS story on PFT!

  13. 4sacroc says: Jan 30, 2011 1:48 PM

    And the Steelers actually scored a whopping 17 on the lousy Jets D.

  14. nickster2k says: Jan 30, 2011 1:59 PM

    I’m still not convinced that he won’t play. His cast was removed yesterday and he is in a walking boot. He also said that he played a week after a similar injury in college and he didn’t miss any time earlier this year with an ankle sprain. I think he’ll do anything he can to get on the field– but they’ll at least give him until the last minute to make a decision either way.

    Adam Schefter is a little POS that rarely knows what he’s talking about. Unfortunately there is no longer any effort by these so called journalists to get their facts right before reporting on a story.

  15. jrmbadger says: Jan 30, 2011 2:02 PM

    fancyleague says:
    Jan 30, 2011 1:13 PM
    34-24? The Packers scored 14 on the Bears D.

    what you fail to realize is that the Bears just matchup well against the pack. I wouldn’t count on a similar performance from your Steelers. Esp. considering that the Steelers haven’t managed to stop a top 10 passing attack yet. They lost to both NO and the Patriots.

  16. nickster2k says: Jan 30, 2011 2:02 PM

    jc1958coo says:
    Jan 30, 2011 12:58 PM
    now the steelers have an excuse when green bay is done whoopin #ss! 34-24 packers not even close!

    ===========================

    as I’m sure the Packers fans already plan on using officiating as an excuse as that seems to be trend when losing to Pittsburgh.

  17. cletusvandam says: Jan 30, 2011 2:33 PM

    cutler would play

  18. bigcid10 says: Jan 30, 2011 2:53 PM

    keep addin fuel to the fire
    Legursky going to open a can of woopass on BJ
    Go Steelers!

  19. jwil444 says: Jan 30, 2011 2:59 PM

    wow, a real football story! nice!

  20. sacram3ntal says: Jan 30, 2011 3:04 PM

    I’m pulling for the Packers, but you’ve got to feel for Pouncey.

    He was a mauler all year, and to get knocked out just before the Super Bowl is just sh*te luck.

    I can’t pretend to know anything about the “drop-off” to Legursky, but Pack fans hoping this leads to an easy win just need to look at our own team-
    plenty of examples of unheralded replacements stepping up big time when the chips are down.

  21. Deb says: Jan 30, 2011 3:14 PM

    @jc1958coo …

    Our starting quarterback missed 25 percent of the season, and we’ve been playing with third and fourth string on the offensive line all year. The Steelers don’t make excuses. The standard is the standard. And don’t underestimate Legursky.

    But you just keep counting those unhatched chickens, baby.

  22. jimmysee says: Jan 30, 2011 3:28 PM

    bigcid10 says:
    Jan 30, 2011 2:53 PM
    keep addin fuel to the fire
    Legursky going to open a can of woopass on BJ
    Go Steelers!

    ————————————————

    A can won’t do it — he’d need at least a 6-pack, maybe more.

  23. Jack Burton says: Jan 30, 2011 3:31 PM

    The Big Legursky will hold his own, where was Shawn Ellis in that Jets game? He disappeared like Eric Smith and Bart Scott.

  24. jamson64 says: Jan 30, 2011 3:33 PM

    4sacroc

    —————————————

    Re: that lousy Jets defense. You mean the one that was the third best in the entire league? That one?

  25. SteelTown6 says: Jan 30, 2011 4:25 PM

    jrmbadger says: Jan 30, 2011 2:02 PM

    “..the Steelers haven’t managed to stop a top 10 passing attack yet. They lost to both NO and the Patriots.”

    Tom Brady > Drew Brees > Aaron Rodgers.

  26. laxer37 says: Jan 30, 2011 4:54 PM

    Keep in mind the Steelers starting center was an unimpressive Justin Hartwig when they beat the Packers a year ago racking up almost 600 yards of offense.

    This is the same Justin Hartwig that was waived in early September in favor of Legursky as the backup to Pouncy.

  27. steelnucs says: Jan 30, 2011 5:48 PM

    jamson64 says: Jan 30, 2011 3:33 PM

    4sacroc

    —————————————

    Re: that lousy Jets defense. You mean the one that was the third best in the entire league? That one?

    ===========================

    Exactly. Most of Mendenhall’s yards came with Legursky in the game. Of course I wish that Pouncey was playing. Not as big a dropoff as people think.

    @ cletusvandam –

    Dude! The Shield, the best show ever on TV. You’re the man!

  28. gbfanforever says: Jan 30, 2011 5:56 PM

    jrmbadger says: Jan 30, 2011 2:02 PM

    “..the Steelers haven’t managed to stop a top 10 passing attack yet. They lost to both NO and the Patriots.”

    Tom Brady > Drew Brees > Aaron Rodgers.
    —————————————————-
    steeler fan overconfidence is so amusing. All of their big wins have been eked out at home on that lousy turf. They have yet to be impressive but live off of their reputation. Missing the center will hurt against the capers D. Because Raji will live in the backfield now without a double team, Cullen Jenkins, Clay and others will be put in very favorable match ups.

  29. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 30, 2011 6:09 PM

    nickster2k says:

    as I’m sure the Packers fans already plan on using officiating as an excuse as that seems to be trend when losing to Pittsburgh.
    ______________

    When the lead official himself came out and admit that the Seattle part-time fans were correct, common sense would imply MAYBE there’s some reason that.

    Oh wait, Steelers fan.. no common sense… Sorry about that.

    You face a real team this year people. With a rich history just like your own. We don’t play in the NFC Worst. We don’t need a dome in a warm climate. We know how to play smash mouth defense. We have quite a few refs of our own that give us calls they shouldn’t, just as the Steelers do. We mowed through the playoffs, all on the road as the 6 seed. We humiliated our biggest rival along the way. Sound familiar?

    This ain’t Arizona you’re about to face. It isn’t the overrated ’05 Seattle team that might well have beaten you had they been allowed to play. This is a team that really is a lot like the Steelers.

    Therefore, just as I give the Steelers their due (at least this year, not in ’05), you’re making a big mistake by underestimating the Pack this year. It’s gonna be a very tough game, regardless of who wins.

  30. cintiphil says: Jan 30, 2011 6:17 PM

    Deb says: Jan 30, 2011 3:14 PM

    @jc1958coo …

    Our starting quarterback missed 25 percent of the season, and we’ve been playing with third and fourth string on the offensive line all year. The Steelers don’t make excuses. The standard is the standard. And don’t underestimate Legursky.

    You again? Back into the kitchen.

  31. wycoff says: Jan 30, 2011 6:51 PM

    The first paragraph of the last post should read as follows:

    I didn’t see this gem the first read through. Do you mean “Might well have beaten you if their receivers were allowed to push-off right in front of the ref?” Maybe “Might well have beaten you if their linemen were allowed to hold with impunity?”

  32. sakatak says: Jan 30, 2011 7:06 PM

    @Beer Cheese Soup
    good post, agree with your comparisons and agree it should be a tough game. Both these teams deserve to be in the Super Bowl and have overcome a lot to get here. May the best team win.

  33. frye21 says: Jan 30, 2011 7:17 PM

    Doug Legursky will be fine. Reporters make a living on drama. With very little drama on the Steelers front to report this is about the only thing they can find. Both coaching staffs internally do not see this as a big deal because Legursky is very good. Yes Pouncey is much better. But he’s also much better than 31 other starting centers in the league. This time next year Pouncey will be considered the top center in the NFL and for a very long time. Legursky will hopefully still be a Steeler next year however it’s going to be hard for them to keep him after Sundays performance. If Legursky was 6’3 he would be a top 8 center in the NFL.

  34. Deb says: Jan 30, 2011 8:33 PM

    @cintiphil …

    The aides at the home have probably distributed your meds by now, so you’re fast asleep dreaming of your happy boyhood during the Great Depression when the only woman with a voice was Eleanor Roosevelt.

    @Beer Cheese …

    Leavy said he felt he made a couple of bad calls–and he was very specific about which ones. They didn’t impact the final score. Stop the insanity or they’ll find you a room next to cintiphil’s … but yours will come with a straitjacket.

    @gbfanforever …

    I think it’s a toss-up and anyone counting unhatched chickens is a fool. Sounds to me like you’re the one being overconfident, Mr. Pot.

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