Maurkice Pouncey Injury: Updates on Steelers Center's Leg

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 11, 2012

Maurkice Pouncey went down with a right leg injury early in the first quarter during the team's matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

 

UPDATE: Sunday, October 28 at 12:50 p.m. ET by Steven Cook

The list of Steelers inactive players for Sunday's game against the Redskins came out, and Maurkice Pouncey is not a part of that list, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Twitter. Pouncey will play Sunday.

#STEELERSInactives: QB Batch, CB Van Dyke, RB Redman, RB Mendenhall, SS Polamalu, T Gilbert, LB Johnson

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 28, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 4:16 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Steelers fans as Maurkice Pouncey was a full participant in practice, according to Steelers Digest's Bob Labriola.

Missing practice 2day: Gilbert, Mendenhall, Troy, Redman, Worilds (illness) and Dwyer (excused). Pouncey and Carter full participants.

— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) October 24, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Good news, Steelers fans—Pouncey should be available on Sunday according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the update:

#Steelers Tomlin: Expects Pouncey to practice Wed and play Sunday

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 23, 2012

While the Steelers were able to run the ball down the throats of the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night—especially late in the game—having the center return to action is good news indeed for this Steelers team and its running backs.

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 21 at 2:04 p.m. ET by Brian Mazique

Marc Sessler of NFL.com and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports confirms that Maurkice Pouncey is indeed out for the Steelers vs. the Bengals this week.

 

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UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 19 at 5:31 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

After practicing on both Thursday and Friday, Pouncey has been officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Unfortunately for Steelers fans, he's still unlikely to play, according to the Beaver County Times' Mike Bires.

 

Steelers list C Maurkice Pouncey as questionable but it's probably more doubtful. I'll be surprised if he plays

— Mike Bires (@mikebires) October 19, 2012

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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

It was originally believed that Pouncey would be watching Sunday's game in street clothes, but Cincinnati.com's Joe Reedy has encouraging news for Steelers fans:

Steelers Pouncey (knee) upgraded from out to limited, Timmons (foot) from DNP to full and Brandon Johnson (hamstring)sportsyapper.com/yapp/135059316…

— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) October 18, 2012

It's still hard to believe that the big center has made enough of an improvement to have a large impact against the Bengals this week, but it's a good sign for the future that the healing process is clearly moving rather quickly.

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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 15 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Because the Steelers don't have enough things to worry about, the potential loss of Maurkice Pouncey for Week 7 against CIncinnati should give their stellar offensive line plenty of hope. 

According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pouncey is not likely to be available on Sunday. 

Pouncey highly, highly unlikely to play Sunday against the Bengals. Legursky will get start at center

— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) October 15, 2012

Kaboly does his best to provide some optimism, as evidenced by the fact he only used the word highly twice. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 9:45 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

The Steelers are going to have to finish the night with Doug Legursky at center (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette's Ed Bouchette):

Pouncey won't return tonight for #Steelers

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 12, 2012

This certainly isn't a great sign for Pouncey, but the good news is that the Steelers have an extra long week before their next game. 

We'll keep you updated on the severity of Pouncey's injury and when he's expected back.

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Pittsburgh's center was injured on the Steelers' first offensive play of the game when right tackle Marcus Gilbert rolled up on the back of his leg. Oddly enough, it was the third time this season Gilbert has taken out a teammate. 

Titans beat writer Terry McCormick offers an update:

Pouncey questionable with leg injury, looked like his knee was being examined.

— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) October 12, 2012

It's hard not to feel absolutely terrible for Pouncey.

The former Florida star injured his left ankle in December of last year, and after spending the rest of the season either "questionable" or "out," he had surgery in the offseason to repair the injury.

For the first time in nearly a year, Pouncey was finally back at 100 percent and playing to his sky-high potential. 

Well, that didn't last long.

Moreover, this is a potentially crushing injury for the Steelers as a team.

Their offensive line is already far from elite as it is (31st in yards per carry, 12th in sack percentage), and losing Pouncey, who was quickly becoming one of the top centers in the league, would be a crushing blow.

In addition to losing his talent, the Steelers can ill-afford to take the hit to their overall depth. 

We'll be sure to give you updates regarding Pouncey's status as more becomes known.