Maurkice Pouncey Injury Update: Steelers Center Ruled Out For Super Bowl XLV
Maurkice Pouncey Injury Update: With Pro Bowl Center Out, Can Doug Legursky Step Up?
Pro Bowl Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was officially announced as being out of Super Bowl XLV on Friday, during Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin's addressing of the media after that day's practice. Pittsburgh and Pouncey had been optimistic about his ability to suit up for the big game despite having to leave the AFC Championship game with a high ankle sprain, and needing crutches to walk not long after suffering the injury.
Pouncey never made it back onto the practice field, and as the days wore on this week, his chances of playing diminished greatly. Now that he's been officially ruled out of participating in the Super Bowl, the questions will turn to his replacement.
Doug Legursky has quite the rags to riches NFL story, and he'll look to complete the jump from an undrafted free agent who was cut twice by the Steelers until finally latching on halfway through last season, to starting center on a Super Bowl champion.
Legursky came out of Marshall in 2008, and had to scratch and claw his way onto the Pittsburgh roster. He made some appearances along their offensive line in 2009, but finally established himself in 2010 as a versatile backup capable of filling in at guard or even center.
Now Legursky is tasked with filling the shoes of a Pro Bowler and ensuring that all the quarterback exchanges go smoothly, as well as the blocking of imposing Green Bay pass rushers B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews.
Legursky may hold the key to the Steelers' fortunes in Super Bowl XLV. His success or failure in replacing Pouncey and slowing down the Packers' up the middle pressure are huge issues facing the Pittsburgh offense.
I don't think Legursky will be able to truly fill Pouncey's shoes and play at a Pro Bowl caliber level in the Super Bowl, but I think he'll hold his own and avoid any major slip-ups.
For more on this upcoming game, check out Super Bowl XLV: 5 Things Each Team Must Do To Win On Sunday.
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