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Pouncey say he has a 75-percent chance to play

Rashard Mendenhall, Charlie Batch, Maurkice Pouncey

According to most reports, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey won’t play in Super Bowl XLV due to an ankle injury suffered in the AFC title game against the Jets.

Pouncey has yet to see those reports.

He told Deion Sanders of NFL Network during Tuesday’s Media Day that the rookie standout has a 75-percent chance of playing in the game.

Coach Mike Tomlin was less optimistic, but not quite pessimistic.

“I’m definitely not going to count that young man out,” Tomlin said, per Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.  “I don’t think anything he’s done this year would lead you to believe that he’s incapable of showing up.  So we’re going to give him every opportunity to do so.”

Whether Pouncey can play and whether he’ll be effective are two different things.  Either way, the Steelers need to have someone at center who’ll be able to handle Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji.

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  1. clayshair says: Feb 1, 2011 2:42 PM

    As a Packer fan, I hope the guy with the broken leg does play.

  2. gbfanforever says: Feb 1, 2011 2:45 PM

    Works for me seeing as he’d be playing at 75% the capacity of a healthy guy.

  3. pftard says: Feb 1, 2011 2:45 PM

    Jeez.., another selfish athlete who’s only thinking about his consecutive game ‘starting’ streak.

  4. db105 says: Feb 1, 2011 2:45 PM

    Given the circumstances it’s 100% chance that his backup will be more effective for this game.

  5. emoney826 says: Feb 1, 2011 2:45 PM

    Let this idiot play. He’s only going to hurt his team. There’s no way a man with a broken ankle is going to handle raji. Good luck moron. You’re going to get your quarterback hurt.

  6. iamthorny says: Feb 1, 2011 2:49 PM

    …and…when Kara Henderson of NFL Network told Flozell Adams about what Pouncey had said he seemed surprised and said, “He hasn’t told me that.”.

    He’s not playing but the ruse, as poor of one as it is, must continue.

  7. manntier says: Feb 1, 2011 2:51 PM

    What else say Pouncey?

  8. jo7195 says: Feb 1, 2011 2:52 PM

    A bad wheel against Raji and Jenkins would not be a good idea. There is a 80% chance this story will be posted on this site 20 more times.

  9. packattack1967 says: Feb 1, 2011 2:52 PM

    Shouldn’t “pouncey” be coached by “lovie”?

  10. jaggedmark says: Feb 1, 2011 2:52 PM

    Jay Cutler thinks he can play

  11. southyank7 says: Feb 1, 2011 2:53 PM

    well as a STEELER fan & NFL fan, i hope roger “the snake” goodell falls on the ice outside of jerryjones-mahal & gets CONCUSSED…& forgets he’s the commish…

  12. woodshed4u says: Feb 1, 2011 2:55 PM

    If Pouncey plays at 90 percent, tooo the “WOODSHED 4 U Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji!!! Mendenhall will be SB MVP and 94 Timmons will be the defensive MVP for my Steelers

  13. marvsleezy says: Feb 1, 2011 2:59 PM

    Packers might not admit it, but if he plays, they will go after that leg early and often – AND I WOULDNT BLAME THEM….

    He wouldnt last a series.

  14. cityofchampyinz says: Feb 1, 2011 3:02 PM

    I am 100% confident that Pouncey can handle Raji even at 75%. Nobody would even be talking about Raji this week if he didn’t get lucky in the NFC chamionship game.

    Oh no, not BJ Raji the feared nose tackle of the 17th best rushing defense in the league.

    Oh no, not BJ Raji the superstar nose tackle of the team with the 30th worst rushing yards/per attempt.

  15. pooponurface says: Feb 1, 2011 3:03 PM

    “Pouncey say he has a 75-percent chance to play”

    He do say that, don’t he?

  16. shaggytoodle says: Feb 1, 2011 3:03 PM

    Raji is tough enough to block when healthy, it sounds like whomever will be playing center is going to need help. So it could be a very tough game for the line, seeing as they still have Jenkins, Matthews, and whoever else Capers chooses to send on Sunday.

  17. hobartbaker says: Feb 1, 2011 3:05 PM

    Mike Tomlin was less optomistic. He estimated that Pouncey had a 75% chance of playing and an 88% chance of not playing.

  18. swervinmervin says: Feb 1, 2011 3:05 PM

    He’s obviously not as hurt as the reports have indicated. Trying to play it up so its a big deal when he plays on Sunday. This is all just a bunch of hype. Lame.

  19. lhaveprettyfeet says: Feb 1, 2011 3:06 PM

    Push over a hobbling Pouncey and demolish Big Ben.

    Kill two birds with one stone.

  20. wetpaperbag2 says: Feb 1, 2011 3:08 PM

    Where’s the grammar police? “Puncey Say…”? lol

  21. cityofchampyinz says: Feb 1, 2011 3:11 PM

    Raji isn’t even the best nose tackle IN THIS GAME!

  22. iluvwikileaks says: Feb 1, 2011 3:11 PM

    Sounds like some of you Packers fans are getting a little nervous. No?:)

  23. sergisbauer says: Feb 1, 2011 3:16 PM

    Any talk of Pouncey playing is probably misinformation to force the Packers to waste time scheming for him. Clearly he will not be at 100% by Sunday, so it hurts the Steelers either way: If he plays, he stands a good chance of being ineffective; if he doesn’t, they will be missing a talented player and important on-field leader.

    But my guess is he doesn’t play.

  24. jpelle82 says: Feb 1, 2011 3:24 PM

    legursky should have no problem with raji…no worries

  25. jimmysee says: Feb 1, 2011 3:27 PM

    Yes — even at 50%, Pouncy can dominate Raji (heh heh).

    Hope the dude is active and plays!

  26. jo7195 says: Feb 1, 2011 3:27 PM

    Oh no…Pouncey of that stellar offensive line!?!

  27. oldbrowndawg says: Feb 1, 2011 3:30 PM

    This is routine pre-Super Bowl hype. Everyone with an IQ in mid dinomes or higher knows that Legurski will be at center and this does NOT bode well for Pitts, either in the running game or in pass protection. Legurski was overmatched in the AFC Championship game when he replaced Pouncey. He ain’t seen nuthin’ yet, as the spelling and grammar police would say. :-)

  28. tombradyswig says: Feb 1, 2011 3:32 PM

    Is there a 75% chance he french kisses his brother too!?!?

    If so, just say NO!!!!

  29. deepbacksidedig says: Feb 1, 2011 3:33 PM

    Good for Pouncey.
    Hope he makes it. Heck of an example, great leadership from the 21 year old kid. Steelers fans have to love this guy. Balls to the wall.
    Steelers look to be really pulling together, the general us against them unity (assist from Goodell ).

    This extra ingredient could really
    point them emotionally the right way.
    Other guys will look at Pouncey,
    forget about their own issues, distractions.
    If the kid can do it, what the heck, I can, and better.
    Focus on winning, finishing the job.

    Things have shifted a bit towards Pitt for me.
    A general feel that this is a coronation for Rodgers is something to watch for.
    Pitt looks to be bringing the attitude.

  30. calloustongue says: Feb 1, 2011 3:36 PM

    Make it Pouncey or Legursky. No one “handles” BJ Raji.

    Good luck with that.

  31. emoney826 says: Feb 1, 2011 3:39 PM

    Nobody heard of raji before the NFC championship game? That’s about as ignorant as me saying that nobody ever heard of pouncey before the afc championship game.

    Wow and here I thought steeler fans were suppose to be intelligent. I guess I was wrong.

  32. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 1, 2011 3:40 PM

    Its just a transparent attempt to get the Pack to gameplan as if he was going to play.

    No one buys it.

  33. steelergold says: Feb 1, 2011 3:45 PM

    The kid WANTS to play. I wouldn’t want him on the team if he didn’t want to get in there and make a difference.

    Don’t sell Legursky short.

  34. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 1, 2011 3:48 PM

    Screw the Packers and all the Cheeseheads… go Steelers!

  35. tramonisland says: Feb 1, 2011 3:51 PM

    cityofchampyinz says:
    Feb 1, 2011 3:02 PM

    Oh no, not BJ Raji the superstar nose tackle of the team with the 30th worst rushing yards/per attempt.
    ——————————————————–
    What does Raji have to do with the Packers rushing offense again? Seriously that was the stupidest comment I’ve read on here all day. Moron.

  36. SteelTown6 says: Feb 1, 2011 3:52 PM

    Once again I’m amazed at how afraid the Packers fans are of Pouncey, a rookie.
    James Harrison must make them soil their pants.

  37. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Feb 1, 2011 3:56 PM

    I hope he plays…because Pouncey at 65-75% will make it much easier for BJ Raji to stuff the middle.

    You can pretty much bet this is Tomlin playing poker face with the Dom Capers and the Pack. I’d bet Pouncey is more like 30% and won’t even dress for the game.

  38. shinobiblade says: Feb 1, 2011 3:59 PM

    Can someone explain to me what makes BJ Raji the second coming of…say….Warren Sapp? 29 tackles, 10 assists and 7 sacks all year doesn’t exactly envoke fear. Aside from being in the right place at the right time for one play in the NFCC game (in which he only had one tackle), what has this guy done to think he can’t be handled by the AFC’s best team?

  39. steeelfann says: Feb 1, 2011 4:02 PM

    A few points:

    The Steelers play against Ngata twice per year. Pouncey held his own against him. Raji is no Ngata, does not even compare.

    Lagursky came in for Pouncey in first quarter and the run game continued fine to the half as the Steelers kept the offense open until the start of second half.
    Lagursky will do fine against Raji. Raji is not that great. Forte ran all over Green Bay and so will the Steelers.

  40. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Feb 1, 2011 4:10 PM

    cityofchampyinz says:
    Feb 1, 2011 3:02 PM
    I am 100% confident that Pouncey can handle Raji even at 75%. Nobody would even be talking about Raji this week if he didn’t get lucky in the NFC chamionship game.

    Oh no, not BJ Raji the feared nose tackle of the 17th best rushing defense in the league.

    Oh no, not BJ Raji the superstar nose tackle of the team with the 30th worst rushing yards/per attempt.
    ___________________________________

    2011 Packers: Off. Rank – 9th Def. Rank-5th
    2011 Steelers: Off. Rank – 14th Def. Rank-3rd

    Keep in mind, most of your team’s stats came against the likes of the 4-12 Bungels and the 5-12 Brownies….and not every 8th or 9th week against one team like the Ravens…Meanwhile, the Packers played regular season games against an incredible line-up of some the league’s top defenses week in and week out….and handed most of them their asses.
    ___________________________________

    iluvwikileaks says:
    Feb 1, 2011 3:11 PM
    Sounds like some of you Packers fans are getting a little nervous. No?:)

    Hardly, my friend.

    This game will be over by the 4th quarter. No way does the Steeler defense keep up with the Packer offense. Pitt’s defensive tenacity will be their downfall…just like the Bears D in certain weeks. Too much over-pursuit, and it will kill them…slowly.

  41. deadguy73 says: Feb 1, 2011 4:11 PM

    No one handles Casey Hampton. Anyone who thinks he’ll be blocked by a center without help is insane.

    Big Snack is hungry!

  42. emoney826 says: Feb 1, 2011 4:17 PM

    Steelfann,

    That’s fine if you wanna run all day against us. While we’re lighting up your secondary, you can waste time trying to play catch up with your running game.

    By the way, look at fortes numbers. You act like he ran for over 100 yards against us. His yards came primarily from screen passes.

  43. cityofchampyinz says: Feb 1, 2011 4:17 PM

    Nobody heard of raji before the NFC championship game? That’s about as ignorant as me saying that nobody ever heard of pouncey before the afc championship game.

    Wow and here I thought steeler fans were suppose to be intelligent. I guess I was wrong.

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

    Nobody said they never heard of him. Just wouldn’t be hyping him up if he didn’t make one play in the NFC championship game.

    Thanks, I thought Packers fans could read. Guess not.

  44. calloustongue says: Feb 1, 2011 4:20 PM

    Don’t respect Raji now, fine. You will come Sunday.

    Thumbs down to show your fear.

  45. cityofchampyinz says: Feb 1, 2011 4:20 PM

    cityofchampyinz says:
    Feb 1, 2011 3:02 PM

    Oh no, not BJ Raji the superstar nose tackle of the team with the 30th worst rushing yards/per attempt.
    ——————————————————–
    What does Raji have to do with the Packers rushing offense again? Seriously that was the stupidest comment I’ve read on here all day. Moron.

    Rushing yard/per attempt on defense. Sorry, I assumed if you were reading this you knew something about football and would probably assume I was talking about defense if I was talking about a nose tackle. But you probably don’t even know where a nose tackle plays so…and YES 30th worst.

  46. db105 says: Feb 1, 2011 4:20 PM

    Most here don’t know what the probability of 75% is.

  47. cityofchampyinz says: Feb 1, 2011 4:22 PM

    This game will be over by the 4th quarter.
    ==============================

    Really? wow. Packer fans really know what they are talking about. Thanks for that. Wasn’t sure when it was gonna be over. Now I can make plans for my victory celebration.

  48. steelerstom says: Feb 1, 2011 4:24 PM

    I keep seeing all these comments about this BJ Raji guy so I thought I would do some homework. Regular Season:
    Raji 8th on his own team in tackles
    3rd in sacks
    0 forced fumbles
    0 interceptions
    321st in the league in tackles/32 teams X 12 def. starters is 384 players/HE’S 321st IN TACKLES/ very impressive.
    38th in sacks is not bad but not great.
    o forced fumbles and 0 picks
    My question is this: Because this lard azz got lucky and picked one pass in a zone blitz scheme in a playoff game he’s someone to fear? I say his stats say otherwise, I fear Matthews, Wooodson not BJ Raji. I think Legursky will have no problem handling this guy, nothing to fear at all!
    Go Steelers 7th Ring coming Sunday in Dallas!
    Pittsburgh 27 Green Bay 16

  49. tramonisland says: Feb 1, 2011 4:29 PM

    shinobiblade says:
    Feb 1, 2011 3:59 PM
    Can someone explain to me what makes BJ Raji the second coming of…say….Warren Sapp? 29 tackles, 10 assists and 7 sacks all year doesn’t exactly envoke fear. Aside from being in the right place at the right time for one play in the NFCC game (in which he only had one tackle), what has this guy done to think he can’t be handled by the AFC’s best team?
    ——————————————————–
    The 3-4 defense revolves around the NT position. You should know this since your team has been running it forever. Raji’s impact has nothing to do with stats. He takes up 2 and 3 defenders and lets the LB’s make plays. Watch some film. Raji blows up a ton of plays, he just doesn’t get the stats.

  50. contract says: Feb 1, 2011 4:32 PM

    “Let this idiot play. He’s only going to hurt his team. There’s no way a man with a broken ankle is going to handle raji. Good luck moron. You’re going to get your quarterback hurt.”

    Ben took snaps from Justin Hartwig and Sean Mahan for 3 seasons. He’ll be fine.

  51. claymaker says: Feb 1, 2011 4:37 PM

    It’s Amazing how Steelers fans with lack of football intelligence can’t seem to realize there is much talent aside from there team. B.J. Raji was listed as a Pro-bowl alternate before winning the NFCC game. He also beat the all pro line of the patriots for what 3 sacks that day. This is only his 2nd season and he’s getting better and better all the time. Tell me what has Casey Hampton done all year? How many sacks does he have? How is that your team got man-handled by the patriots, but yet our back up quarterback nearly won the game against them? There is no fear in the packers they can line up against any defensive linemen on any given day. All you have to do is look at Peppers, Suh, Williams Wall, (we shut out the Jets), etc. Not too many of them had great days. Heck Jenkins for the Packers missed what 5 games and still had 8 sacks on the year.

    When you look at the ranking of the run defense, the numbers only tell part of the story all you have to do is look at Vick, Cutler, Mcnabb, etc. the QB’s were the ones that racked up most of the yardage. We faced Adrian Peterson twice and he never eclipsed the 100 mark, Forte went no where in 3 appearances against us (until the 2nd half of garbage time in the NFCC)

    Bottom line is the real talking will be done on the field…..Sam shields for a pick 6 Go Pack Go!

  52. cityofchampyinz says: Feb 1, 2011 4:40 PM

    @purpleisreallypinkyouknow

    Who is the top D’s that the Packers went against and actually played well?? Crapped their pants against the Bears both times and put up 9 against the awful Jets??? Please enlighten me and everyone else.

    You can put up all the stats you want but I have stats too.

    17th against the run.

    30th rushing yards against.

    Thats YOUR team.

  53. cityofchampyinz says: Feb 1, 2011 4:51 PM

    @purpleisreallypinkyouknow

    Oh sorry , Pack run D is 18th…and the Steelers D is 2nd overall thanks.

  54. seanjones1996 says: Feb 1, 2011 4:52 PM

    I don’t remember seeing anyone say thay are afraid of Pouncey playing. He’s a great player but I am sure his backup is tough too. Either way they Pack will have their hands full. But I have faith in Dom.

    And anyone who says Raji isn’t great is only fooling themselves. The guy has had a great season and a better post-season. But go ahead and discount him. Hopefully your coaches will too.

    Go Pack.

  55. jrmbadger says: Feb 1, 2011 5:03 PM

    “cityofchampyinz says:
    Feb 1, 2011 3:02 PM
    I am 100% confident that Pouncey can handle Raji even at 75%. Nobody would even be talking about Raji this week if he didn’t get lucky in the NFC chamionship game.

    Oh no, not BJ Raji the feared nose tackle of the 17th best rushing defense in the league.

    Oh no, not BJ Raji the superstar nose tackle of the team with the 30th worst rushing yards/per attempt.”

    I can only hope that the Steeler’s organization shares your lack of concern for Raji.

  56. calloustongue says: Feb 1, 2011 5:03 PM

    You can put up all the stats on Raji you want, but they won’t do him justice unfortunately, as is the case with most 3-4 NTs.

    The 6.5 sacks as a 3-4 NT isn’t too shabby though. I’m trying to think the last time Casey Hampton did that. Never you say? Only 9 in his whole career you say? Hmm. That’s interesting.

    If you watched the Packers, which you obviously don’t, you’d know when this guy isn’t getting triple teamed, he’s walking all-pro centers into the QB’s lap in about 2 seconds. Ask Mangold about Raji, he got dominated badly.

    We don’t need you to know who he is. He doesn’t need your respect. Who would want the respect of such ignorant fans anyway? It’s worth as much as Big Ben’s honor.

    Not only do you have to worry about Raji eating up whoever you put in to try and block him, now you gotta worry about him on the goalline as well. Harrison is going to crap his pants when he sees #90 coming through the hole.

    Go Pack GO!

  57. claymaker says: Feb 1, 2011 5:04 PM

    hey city of Chimpanzies. Get your stats correct moron.

    Green Bay Packers
    10-6, 4-2 NFC North (2nd)
    Team Ranking Overall Rushing Passing
    Offense 9th 100.4 (24th) 257.8 (5th)
    Defense 5th 114.9 (18th) 194.2 (5th)

    Pittsburgh Steelers
    12-4, 5-1 AFC North (1st)
    Team Ranking Overall Rushing Passing
    Offense 14th 120.2 (11th) 225.1 (14th)
    Defense 2nd 62.8 (1st) 214.1 (12th)

    PS.
    Altlanta
    Detroit
    Chicago
    Giants
    PHI
    Dallas
    I could go on but your starting to bore me. Meanwhile, of all the games we lost this year it was by a combined 20 points. No team in the history of the NFL has ever lost by fewer. NFLnetwork baby! Truth is we hadn’t played a real complete game all year, but Rodgers and company only got better after his concussion.

    Most of the games the Steelers played were won by an average of 5 points. While losing to a potent offense in the Saints and the Patriots. We’ve beat the Top offenses in Atlanta (lost one fumble at the goal line), Eagles #2 offense in the league (twice)

  58. chucknoll says: Feb 1, 2011 5:12 PM

    where did he mention a starting streak? who wudnt wanna play in the superbowl? u may never get here again I dont think a starting streak has anything to do with it

  59. crumpledstiltskin says: Feb 1, 2011 5:13 PM

    Raji vs Legurski is like Tyson vs Spinks

    Biggest problem the Steelers have going into this game.

  60. crefan says: Feb 1, 2011 5:36 PM

    I think he’s bluffing

  61. geezohman says: Feb 1, 2011 5:45 PM

    what a shame ! the two best teams in the SuperBowl and there are way too many guys hurt !

    i want a SuperBowl where we won’t hear about the injuries, the referrees, the bad clock management,

    some fans are like ‘sailors’… (a sailor isn’t happy if he isn’t complaining)…

    I hope he can play a little bit but trying to push off a bad ankle ain’t going to make it. What a shame… playing ALL season and now miss out on THE most important game…

    Goodness… give me some painkillers ! and bring in that lady reporter from Mexico!

  62. cityofchampyinz says: Feb 1, 2011 5:47 PM

    @claymaker what stats didn’t I have correct?

    I have them straight thanks. You forgot the yards/per attempt stats but thats ok. Maybe you should look them up if you know how? Oh, while your there look up the Steelers yards per attempt against the pass if you can figure it out.

    Show me a dominant defense that you played well against? Please.

    We beat the Falcons too.

    And did you just say something about Detroit. Really?

  63. ghostrider25 says: Feb 1, 2011 5:47 PM

    He’s only telling 25% of the truth.

  64. judsonjr says: Feb 1, 2011 6:16 PM

    Packers YPC may not be good, but teams haven’t really run all over them. There were rough spots against Miami and Minnesota, but that is when their D-line was really depleted. Pickett was out versus Mia & Min, and Jenkins was out versus Min (and played with a club on his hand before that). The Packers also didn’t have Howard Greene then, so in any short yardage situations they had to bring an offensive lineman to play D-line. Against MIN, BJ Raji played every snap I think.

    I don’t think it’s impossible for the Steelers to run against the Packers, but the Pack make it tough by : 1. not giving up a lot of long carries, and 2. being able to string together a couple decent plays versus the run to put teams into 3rd and medium or longer.

    Here’s what RB’s did versus them this season:

    McCoy 7-35
    Lynch 17-64
    Forte 11-29
    Best 12-50
    Torian 16-40
    R.Brown 19-73 (Williams 13-64)
    Peterson 28-131
    Tomlinson 16-54
    F. Jones 5-16
    Peterson 14-72
    Turner 23-110
    Morris 11-51
    Dixon 9-33
    Woodhead 9-59
    Jacobs 8-47
    Forte 15-91
    McCoy 12-46
    Turner 10-39
    Forte 17-70

  65. springy619 says: Feb 1, 2011 6:55 PM

    for having a high ankle sprain, and a fractured ankle, if he plays hell id tip my hat

  66. dmretrogames says: Feb 1, 2011 7:00 PM

    Packer fans sounding a bit nervous.

  67. cintiphil says: Feb 1, 2011 10:48 PM

    If the guy is only 75% healthy, he is a no go. Any pro player who is 100% is better than a guy who is 75%, regardless of who he is. Having said that, he maybe 90% healthy, and only 75% sure that he will play. It makes a difference.

  68. jamson64 says: Feb 1, 2011 10:57 PM

    Pack fans praying for any advantage because they know 7 is the Steelers’ destiny.

  69. dwhitehurst says: Feb 2, 2011 2:08 PM

    Looking the rb’s the Packers D played against, the ones who had most success against the Packers D were the bigger bruiser types (e.g., Peterson, Forte, Turner). Packers D struggles against power run games. Mendenhall is the same type of bigger bruising back, and should not be taken lightly. How Packers LB A.J. Hawk plays actually might be a big key to the game. Hawk is great at run recognition, and actually is faster than he is given credit for. Yet he doesn’t fight off blocks very well–he could struggle against a road-grading Pittsburgh OLine. Heck, if I’m Pittsburgh, I’m gonna want to run the ball up the Packer’s gut. The Packers are gonna want to put up points quickly, getting Pittsburgh to play from behind (hence, throwing the ball more). It should be a great game regardless. Either Pittsburgh will win with its run game, or the Packers will win with its Passing game. We’ll see what happens.

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