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Tomlin confirms that Maurkice Pouncey is out

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The speculation about Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey’s status for Sunday can finally end.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told Suzy Kolber of ESPN Friday that Pouncey is out for the Super Bowl after missing practice again on Friday.  Throughout the week, Pouncey said there was a “75% chance” that he would play.

That estimation ran counter to multiple reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Pouncey would not play, and truly had no chance to play.

As John Madden discussed on Friday’s PFT Live, backup Doug Legursky will now have to make the protection calls for the Steelers.  Lugursky will have to handle B.J. Raji, but Madden believes his protection calls and Ben Roethlisberger’s comfort with a new center are even bigger factors.

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51 Responses to “Tomlin confirms that Maurkice Pouncey is out”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Feb 4, 2011 3:18 PM

    I figured he was going to be out with the high ankle sprain, but then when the broken bone news came out, it was really apparent he wasn’t going to make it.

  2. tv426 says: Feb 4, 2011 3:21 PM

    Wow! How TOTALLY unexpected!

  3. jimmysee says: Feb 4, 2011 3:24 PM

    What an enormous disappointment! Pouncey must be beside himself!

  4. stairwayto7 says: Feb 4, 2011 3:28 PM

    Lugurshy played 3 quarters vs the Jets and did anyone hear Shaun Ellis’s name being called? Lugurshy will handle fat boy Raji!

  5. mvp43 says: Feb 4, 2011 3:30 PM

    Lugursky is a decent player but practice is different that game time. Steelers will need to adjust their pass protection and limit somewhat their downfield pass game, otherwise the freezer is coming home!

  6. 63sixtythree says: Feb 4, 2011 3:32 PM

    Lugursky will do fine …

  7. cityofchampyinz says: Feb 4, 2011 3:32 PM

    The standard is the standard.

  8. rockinron2 says: Feb 4, 2011 3:35 PM

    Waiting for Deion to call him out since it is the Super Bowl. Deion said you would have to take him off on a stretcher, so I am sure tough guy Sanders would play through it. He is such a dumb-ascot.

  9. skoobyfl says: Feb 4, 2011 3:35 PM

    Pouncey wouldn’t change their loss on Sunday. It’s just an excuse for a under-talented team taking on the most talented team.

    Rodgers – Best playoff QB rating ever at ~ 130.
    Big Ben’s Conference finals game QB rating – 35.

    I’d bet on the Packers.

  10. gregjennings85 says: Feb 4, 2011 3:37 PM

    I do feel bad for Maurkice, but he’s young, and the Steelers can make it back in the next few years.

    As a Packers fan, I won’t lie – this is awesome news.

  11. emoney826 says: Feb 4, 2011 3:40 PM

    You steeler fans have no idea what you’re saying. Raji is going to embarrass this backup.

  12. gregjennings85 says: Feb 4, 2011 3:41 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Feb 4, 2011 3:28 PM
    Lugurshy played 3 quarters vs the Jets and did anyone hear Shaun Ellis’s name being called? Lugurshy will handle fat boy Raji!

    __________________________

    Let’s break this down – you JUST changed your name to that, and you don’t even know Legursky’s name.

    Pittsburgh: You guys are supposed to have the 2nd most knowledgable fan base after Green Bay (just telling it like it is), is this guy a good representative of your city?

    Seems like a classic, fair-weather fan to me.

  13. rpiotr01 says: Feb 4, 2011 3:41 PM

    The game isn’t going to come down to Doug Legursky. No matter who plays center, the game plan will stay the same and Ben will improvise when he needs to.

  14. jrmbadger says: Feb 4, 2011 3:44 PM

    “cityofchampyinz says:
    Feb 4, 2011 3:32 PM
    The standard is the standard.”

    So no excuses then if you lose and Raji manhandles Legursky? OR

    are the excuses the excuses?

  15. chucknoll says: Feb 4, 2011 3:47 PM

    next man up GO STEELERS!

  16. barringtonchadsworth says: Feb 4, 2011 3:47 PM

    Im sure the Steelers knew this all along and will be prepared with Legursky. Clearly a HUGE loss but nothing catastrophic…… but if one lineman goes down durnig the game….. Steerers are done.

  17. billyrocket says: Feb 4, 2011 3:48 PM

    Pouncey will be missed, although I don’t think they will win or lose because if it. The Steelers will also miss using Legursky in the backfield in short yardage situations.

  18. smoothjimmyapollo says: Feb 4, 2011 3:50 PM

    “Lugurshy played 3 quarters vs the Jets and did anyone hear Shaun Ellis’s name being called? Lugurshy will handle fat boy Raji!”

    I’m not sure where he lines up in the nickel and dime packages, but isn’t Ellis a defensive end and therefore, not lining up over the center? At least you called Raji fat, because I’m sure he’s never heard that before.

  19. iluvwikileaks says: Feb 4, 2011 3:52 PM

    Win or lose…now I just want Harrison to come in and tear off Rodger’s glass noggin:)

    Why not? Ha1

  20. definitemaybe55 says: Feb 4, 2011 3:56 PM

    Can the Steelers put him and Aaron on IR at this late stage and bring a couple of other guys up?

  21. pigspigspigspigs says: Feb 4, 2011 3:58 PM

    skoobyfl
    what about rodgers 55 qb rating in the nfc championship???

    The steelers o line is a weakness but if you take a closer look at the matchup this is the type of matchup the steelers o line would want.

    green bay has a big and physical defensive line (all three starters are over three bills). They like to get into offensive linemen, knock them back, and shed them to make plays in the backfield. If there is one thing that Pittsburgh’s offensive line has, it is size It will be tough to knock back guys as big as Flozell Adams, Ramon Foster, and Chris Kemoeatu. The best matchup the Packers have up front is Cullen Jenkins against Jonathan Scott, which is a decent-sized mismatch. However, the Steelers prefer to run to the right, which should diminish the effectiveness of Green Bay’s best defensive lineman.

    Of course, most people’s concern with the Pittsburgh offensive line stems from their inability to protect Ben Roethlisberger. However, I think that the Packers front three will struggle to get pressure on Roethlisberger. With the exception of Jenkins, none of the Packers defensive linemen are particularly quick. Most of them are bull rushers with club counters, meaning they like to fire into an offensive lineman and get him off balance before using their forearm to club the defender to one side or the other.

    the Steelers struggle up front when they can’t get their hands on people and are forced to deal with space. The Green Bay defensive line tries to eliminate space to create push, which is what the slower, heavier Steelers offensive line would prefer. Maurkice Pouncey is the one Steelers player who has the most trouble with pure strength, and he will be out. Doug Legursky, might actually be better equipped to handle this kind of pass rush, Legursky’s short and stocky build should be ideal for handling bull rushes and clubs — his low center of gravity should keep him fairly stable.

  22. rugdog100 says: Feb 4, 2011 4:00 PM

    Packers poor run defense will be dominated by Steelers O-Line… run, run, run. The Steelers will pound the Pack into road kill.
    Steelers 28 Packers 17

  23. lovemesomenfl says: Feb 4, 2011 4:00 PM

    Let me preface this by saying I am not sure there is anyone who hates the Steelers more than I do – in every aspect of this great game. With that said, does anyone think this will really change the outcome of the game? The Steelers have been playing with one of the most patch work offensive lines in whole league for the second half of the season – and look at what they have done. Truth is, they do enough to win almost every game they play, and those they did lose they very well could have won – minus one play or two. This team has some of the best coaching in the league and (as players say about Belicheck) they know how to put their players in a position to excel.

    The biggest problem you have with a center going down is the timing with the QB (and this did come out with the safety in the Jets game) but with two weeks to practice – this will become more and more of a moot issue.

    Believe me, I am cheering harder than most people for the Packers this Sunday (with the exception of the umpteen millions of die hard Packer fans) but really … the center not playing having a MAJOR impact on the outcome of the game – not a chance. He will be able to read the coverages and call the blocking schemes just as well and the impact will be minimal at best.

    Go Pack!

  24. steelerswinagain says: Feb 4, 2011 4:00 PM

    Rodgers – Best playoff QB rating ever at ~ 130.
    Big Ben’s Conference finals game QB rating – 35.

    Rodgers did not even WIN a playoff game until this year.
    Ben – 2 rings, 4 championship games, 10 playoff wins….that 35 rating is not how you measure what he did in that game. Rodgers was SHUT DOWN halfway through the 2nd quarter of his (only) championship game and the Bears defense is nowhere near as good as the Steelers. Do not expext Raji to get a pick 6 and bail you out this week.

  25. steelerswinagain says: Feb 4, 2011 4:02 PM

    Legursky will be fine. He is one of the strongest guys on the team and maybe even matchups better against a NT like Raji than Pouncey does.

  26. claymaker says: Feb 4, 2011 4:03 PM

    It’s disheartening to know that Maurkice isn’t going to play on Sunday. Which center was responsible for the fumbled snaps one of which resulted in the safety??? 2 weeks of practice makes a difference, but also for both teams. So while the Jets had no film study on the guy before he came in, it will be a different story for Raji now knowing the centers tendencies. Jet’s DT only had 2 sacks all year, and Raji had 7 not including playoffs.

  27. Mike Tomlin says: Feb 4, 2011 4:05 PM

    What exactly did Raji do before he pick 6’ed a third string QB from the 4 yard line?

    Nothing more than Big Snack does, thats for sure.

  28. cityofchampyinz says: Feb 4, 2011 4:06 PM

    @jrmbadger

    The standard is the standard.

    We don’t make excuses. This is an opportunity for a young man to fill in and do his job to the standard of the greatest organization in professional sports.

    Unlike all the Packers fans who keep whining about their 4,000 players on I.R. Like they are the only team in the whole NFL who has injuries.

  29. dixon29 says: Feb 4, 2011 4:08 PM

    High ankle sprains take 4-6 weeks to heal. I understand why Pouncey wanted to give it everything he had to get on the field for the Super Bowl, but it was always just a pipe dream.

  30. expatpatfan says: Feb 4, 2011 4:09 PM

    pigs, you can’t be that excited about the Flozell v. Matthews matchup. Add in the now confirmed/long suspected Raji v. Legursky, and there’s a clear advantage to GB in the trenches. Conversely, GB fans can’t be too excited about having a rookie go up against Woodley. Both QBs will be running a lot, and both QBs *can* run, which should make for an interesting game.

  31. stairwayto7 says: Feb 4, 2011 4:12 PM

    Whenever Rodgers throws his 2nd pick, no one will talk about Lugursk. The only thing you will hear will be Packer fan chanting, “WE WANT FAVRE, WE WANT FAVRE!”

  32. ryandaly16 says: Feb 4, 2011 4:15 PM

    I question his toughness, its the biggest game of his career, most guys would just cut that leg off to get into the game. Come on MJD your with me right? Deion? Bruce Gradkowski? Oh we all learned our lesson with Jay huh?

  33. nickster2k says: Feb 4, 2011 4:17 PM

    definitemaybe55 says:
    Feb 4, 2011 3:56 PM
    Can the Steelers put him and Aaron on IR at this late stage and bring a couple of other guys up?

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

    that’s why there is a 53 man roster.

    They usually only dress 7 linemen anyway. They will probably dress Tony Hills as backup tackle and Essex will be a backup for the interior lineman. If any starters get hurt, though, they will be struggling!

  34. jrmbadger says: Feb 4, 2011 4:18 PM

    “skoobyfl
    what about rodgers 55 qb rating in the nfc championship???

    The steelers o line is a weakness but if you take a closer look at the matchup this is the type of matchup the steelers o line would want.

    green bay has a big and physical defensive line (all three starters are over three bills). They like to get into offensive linemen, knock them back, and shed them to make plays in the backfield. If there is one thing that Pittsburgh’s offensive line has, it is size It will be tough to knock back guys as big as Flozell Adams, Ramon Foster, and Chris Kemoeatu. The best matchup the Packers have up front is Cullen Jenkins against Jonathan Scott, which is a decent-sized mismatch. However, the Steelers prefer to run to the right, which should diminish the effectiveness of Green Bay’s best defensive lineman.

    Of course, most people’s concern with the Pittsburgh offensive line stems from their inability to protect Ben Roethlisberger. However, I think that the Packers front three will struggle to get pressure on Roethlisberger. With the exception of Jenkins, none of the Packers defensive linemen are particularly quick. Most of them are bull rushers with club counters, meaning they like to fire into an offensive lineman and get him off balance before using their forearm to club the defender to one side or the other.

    the Steelers struggle up front when they can’t get their hands on people and are forced to deal with space. The Green Bay defensive line tries to eliminate space to create push, which is what the slower, heavier Steelers offensive line would prefer. Maurkice Pouncey is the one Steelers player who has the most trouble with pure strength, and he will be out. Doug Legursky, might actually be better equipped to handle this kind of pass rush, Legursky’s short and stocky build should be ideal for handling bull rushes and clubs — his low center of gravity should keep him fairly stable.”

    Sorry but the 3-4 DL’s job is to simply tie up blockers so that the LB’s can make plays “in-space” – That’s kinda the point of the 3-4 – make the lineman play “in space” against the O-Line. According to you that makes it a terrible matchup for the Steelers.

    Your whole post ignores the 4 linebackers behind the big 3. All GB’s DLineman have to do is stalemate the O-line and not get pushed back and let the LBs make the plays. If the D-line gets a push thats simply a bonus.

  35. holeinone09 says: Feb 4, 2011 4:20 PM

    I am sure a number of Packer fans are happy about this. Some of us Steeler fans prefer the opponents’ stars to play so we beat the best. Nonetheless, the standard is the standard. No excuses. Not the first time or last time the Steelers had to deal with a key injury. If Doug screws up, it will be unfortunate but life will go on. I expect he will take this as his opportunity to prove what he is capable of. The pressure frankly is more on Raji, since if Doug handles him in a reasonable manner, then Raji will come across as a bum. In some respects, Doug doesn’t have much to lose and should just play his tail off.

    Steelers 24
    Packers 20

    GO STEELERS!!

  36. jrmbadger says: Feb 4, 2011 4:23 PM

    Oh and another thing pigspigspigspigs:

    Cullen Jenkins likely won’t play much on running downs – they will use Howard Green (who is enormous) instead.

    Again, the whole point of the 3-4 is to have your D-Line stalemate the other team’s o-line and let the linebackers make the plays (“in-space”).

    So the pittsburgh O-line will have to try and move 1300 lbs of Packer man-meat to try and run the ball effectively. A tall task.

  37. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Feb 4, 2011 4:25 PM

    63sixtythree says:
    Feb 4, 2011 3:32 PM
    Lugursky will do fine …
    ___________________________________

    That’s what all of the other top notch O-lines said the last 4 weeks. First NFL start and it’s in the Super Bowl?? He’ll be puking on his shoes by the 3rd series and the D-line will have him screwing up left and right….guaranteed. Watch when Ben starts kicking the ball around while it’s on the turf.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    pigspigspigspigs says:
    Feb 4, 2011 3:58 PM

    Doug Legursky, might actually be better equipped to handle this kind of pass rush, Legursky’s short and stocky build should be ideal for handling bull rushes and clubs — his low center of gravity should keep him fairly stable.
    ___________________________________

    See above. Every week, the Packers have taken top notch O-lines and made them look silly. They go and go and go and eventually the tank runs out of gas from the tenacity of GB’s speed and strength. Ben is tough to bring down but is also the slowest QB in the league…probably by FAR. He’ll get caught alot. Pitt’s DB’s won’t be able to keep up with the Pack’s spread and Troy P. can’t cover all 4 or 5 guys. Good luck.

  38. jrmbadger says: Feb 4, 2011 4:25 PM

    “cityofchampyinz says:
    Feb 4, 2011 4:06 PM
    @jrmbadger

    The standard is the standard.

    We don’t make excuses. This is an opportunity for a young man to fill in and do his job to the standard of the greatest organization in professional sports.

    Unlike all the Packers fans who keep whining about their 4,000 players on I.R. Like they are the only team in the whole NFL who has injuries.”

    We don’t whine about the injuries…. We brag about having such a deep team that we make the superbowl with a record 14 (I believe) significant contributors on IR. We brag about our coaching staff who has held things together, and we brag about our front office who has built such a deep team.

  39. iced107 says: Feb 4, 2011 4:26 PM

    Does Tomlin really think he was fooling anyone by delaying to rule him out?

    I mean yea I could see him trying to tough it out with just a high ankle sprain,but not with a broken bone on top of that.

  40. crusty14 says: Feb 4, 2011 4:28 PM

    It is a shame that pouncey is out, but I’m sure Legursky will do ok.I’m sure the steelers assumed pouncey would be out and therefore have 2 weeks to prepare with the new center.

  41. jamie54 says: Feb 4, 2011 4:38 PM

    Big deal, they won AFC championship game without him and if he had played he would not have been better than 60% or so anyway.

  42. cityofchampyinz says: Feb 4, 2011 4:40 PM

    @jrmbadger

    “a record 14 (I believe) significant contributors on IR”

    Really, ALL 14 were significant contributors?? I’m sure you would be happy to list them out for everyone here??

  43. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 4, 2011 4:44 PM

    Green Bay fans can now breath a collective sigh of relief knowing their team won’t have to face a Steelers rookie.
    Unfortunately, our veterans players are still very much alive and well…

  44. crusty14 says: Feb 4, 2011 4:51 PM

    @pigspigspigs

    I’m not doubting that the pack are a quality team and deserve to be in the SB, but, how did the pack make other teams o line look silly week in week out and only have a10-6 record? Some teams ( at least 6) must have had their way with your o line as well!

  45. pigspigspigspigs says: Feb 4, 2011 4:59 PM

    jrmbadger

    im not sure if you have watched any steeler games but the main point was that teams were able to dominate the line of scrimmage with their defensive line creating havoc in the backfield which did not even give the steelers a chance to worry about getting to the linebacker level…this game seems like they will be able to…

    im not saying that Pittsburgh will dominate the line of scrimmage; the Packers front seven is still the better unit. What I’m saying is that if Pittsburgh had to choose a top five defensive front to play against, they may choose the Packers because of the style. The great equalizer for Green Bay should be their outside linebackers, particularly Clay Matthews.

    In the running game, the Steelers offensive linemen will rarely be blocking these types of athletes. That responsibility will fall to their tight ends, mainly Heath Miller. He was probably the best blocking tight end this year, he is capable of handling either Matthews or Erik Walden in the running game by himself.

    The Steelers also use trips bunch formations in the ground game, which should help handle these edge players. The outside linebackers will be forced to align wider against these types of formations. If Miller can hold his own against the outside linebackers in standard formations and personnel and the Steelers can handle the inside linebackers with just their offensive line in three wide receiver sets, I think the Steelers have a good chance of running the ball like they did against the Jets.

    and in the 3-4 the d line not only has to keep the linebackers clean they have to destroy the run fits that are present and this was clear they did not do that good of a job as they ranked 18th in yards allowed and were in the bottom 5 of ypa…

    and if lergurski does blow the center position is the easiest position to give help too

    handling matthews in the passing game will be hard as the steelers will have no answer but ask suggs how that worked out…the past 2 games against the steelers he had 6 sacks and a forced fumble that was returned for a td and they lost both games

  46. showmeyourtds says: Feb 4, 2011 5:01 PM

    These boards are filled with a bunch of clueless football fans, that probably never played at any level. I’ll be curious if the Steelers lose, how many of the same people talking trash, will be to chicken$hit to show back up on here. I loo forward to a good game and anyone that thinks it will more than a 3-7 point game is an idiot!

  47. hscorpio says: Feb 4, 2011 5:32 PM

    Well, at least Legursky and Roethlisberger had time to work out the center exchange.

    I would hope so anyways.

    Use of the shotgun may be something of an adventure. Especially if Raji plays like he has for the last 8 games.

  48. expatpatfan says: Feb 4, 2011 5:33 PM

    Legursky and Ben also fumbled some exchanges, one of which lead to a safety. Sure, getting two weeks of practice helps some, but it’s not a panacea.

  49. Bubby Brister says: Feb 4, 2011 8:29 PM

    “Ben is tough to bring down but is also the slowest QB in the league…probably by FAR.”

    Without question one of the most insanely idiotic comments I’ve ever seen on this site. And that’s really saying something. Congratulations.

  50. itwasagoodrun says: Feb 5, 2011 8:10 AM

    pouncey is a bigger loss than all 16 ir packers combined. Pittsburg has more to overcome but will still win because Ben has the “it” factor.

  51. jeronkrabbe says: Feb 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    ….mmmm….Suzy Kolber…..
    I wanna kiss you.

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