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Steelers defensive end Smith to have Wednesday MRI

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith will undergo an MRI on Wednesday to determine his status for Super Bowl XLV.

Smith has been rehabbing a torn tricep muscle since October 24.

Smith’s absence isn’t considered the most potentially detrimental to Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl chances because “backup” Ziggy Hood has been so productive. ¬†Hood has four sacks in his last six games, and the Steelers have allowed a league-low 62.1 rushing yards per week in Hood’s 12 starts.

They permitted 63.3 rushing yards per game with Smith as the first-team left end.

Center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) remains Pittsburgh’s biggest injury concern. Though Pouncey is listed as questionable on the injury report, Schefter has reported that the rookie Pro Bowler is out for the game.

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7 Responses to “Steelers defensive end Smith to have Wednesday MRI”
  1. crimhollingsworth says: Jan 31, 2011 2:49 PM

    Hmm, just this morning someon was praising the Steelers for keeping Smith on the roster and how it’s paid off for them. Yeah, except that, like Barnett and Finley, Smith won’t be playing in the Superbowl.

  2. Mike Tomlin says: Jan 31, 2011 2:58 PM

    Regardless of the outcome of 91’s MRI exam the standards for our football team do not change and we will continue to deploy our next man up approach. Ziggy Hood has been solid in that regard this whole season and we expect nothing less from him come Super Bowl Sunday.

  3. laxer37 says: Jan 31, 2011 3:10 PM

    Smith’s return will be just as much of an emotional lift for the team as a performance lift.

    Look for him to start, but play a limited role, giving Hood a regular breather to stay fresh.

  4. goodellisajoke says: Jan 31, 2011 3:12 PM

    Mendenhall does not run up the middle all that much, so while everyone would rather have Pouncey in there…it isn’t as bad as it could be. Legursky has done a solid job the few times he’s played…and the bumbles on the snap will be taken care of with 2 weeks of practice.

    As coach would say, the standard is the standard, regardless of who gets to wear the hat on gameday.

  5. kaninny says: Jan 31, 2011 3:48 PM

    I keep finding it odd that all the reports of Pouncey being out comes from ESPN. Coulds someone be secretly feeding information to the World Wide Leader for “Tomlins Revenge” on Bob Holtzman when Pouncey trots on the field sunday night

  6. mvp43 says: Jan 31, 2011 4:10 PM

    No Pouncy means trouble for the Steelers. O-Line is all about playing together, and when someone else is thrown in the mix, that can really screw things up. The Packers will plow through that O-Line like big Ben plows through women at a nightclub.

  7. jc1958coo says: Jan 31, 2011 5:26 PM

    doesn’t matter who the steelers put on the field! they’re getting an #ss whoopin! starks will run them into the ground!!!

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