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All signs are pointing to no Maurkice Pouncey tonight

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As Steelers fans process the latest volley in the simmering feud between quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley, notions of “dink-and-dunk” could become “drink-and-drunk” if the Steelers struggle in Cincinnati on Sunday night.

Contributing to the potential overserving of Pittsburghers could be the absence of center Maurkice Pouncey from the lineup.

Pouncey injured his knee 10 days ago, during a Thursday night loss to the Titans.  Though it initially appeared he possibly would miss no games at all, the Saturday decision to elevate an extra offensive lineman (as pointed out by Gantt) points to Pouncey being down for the Sunday night game.

We’ve got no specific knowledge that Pouncey won’t play, primarily since the folks who are in position to know his status aren’t saying anything.  Which, of course, points to Pouncey not playing.

If he’s out, Doug Legursky will slide over to center.  While Legursky has done well in that spot in the past, the absence of Pouncey and the scratching of running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman could set the stage for the inevitable sideline blowup between Roethlisberger and Haley.

Start popping the corn now.

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11 Responses to “All signs are pointing to no Maurkice Pouncey tonight”
  1. jobotjones says: Oct 21, 2012 9:10 AM

    “We’ve got no specific knowledge that Pouncey won’t play”

    Do me a favor and wake next when you do…..

  2. superseahawk says: Oct 21, 2012 9:12 AM

    Love me some sideline shouting matches. If Haley can piss Kurt Warner off, he can piss anyone off.

  3. juanweiner says: Oct 21, 2012 9:21 AM

    Offense will be fine, its the Steeler D that is failing!!!!!!!!!

  4. timtheenchanter1 says: Oct 21, 2012 9:32 AM

    “While Legursky has done well in that spot in the past…”

    Honest question for those who follow the Stillers or are officianados of O-line play: Hasn’t Legursky routinely gotten “debacled” when playing at center?

  5. ravenator says: Oct 21, 2012 9:47 AM

    Wasnt this guy supposed to be good. Always injured always under performing. Just another year with a pathetic oline for Ben. Enjoy barely achieving. 500 by year end. Playoffs, hah! No chance

  6. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:05 AM

    juanweiner:
    As bad as the Steelers’ defense has been made out to be by the media, it has allowed only 101 ACTUAL points in five games.
    Maybe it’s time for Roethlisberger and his sorry offense to start carrying the load.

  7. ajc33635 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:09 AM

    Talk about speculation. Come on Florio you can do better than that.

  8. citizenstrange says: Oct 21, 2012 10:33 AM

    If Roethlisberger could hit wide open receivers the Steelers would score 35 popints a game.

  9. samurai3939 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:46 AM

    Not a steelers fan at all, but the disgusting level of hatred ravens fans treat a team that has routinely embarrassed them is hilarious. What a bunch of purple clad crybabies.

  10. Stiller43 says: Oct 21, 2012 11:22 AM

    “We’ve got no specific knowledge that Pouncey won’t play…”

    Stopped reading.

  11. sellout3871 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:02 PM

    WHO DEY!! Bengals got this tonight!

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