If the Pittsburgh Steelers are to win their 7th Super Bowl in franchise past they\’ll have to do it without starting center Maurkice Pouncey. Pouncey injured his ankle in the AFC Conference Championship victory over the New York Jets. What was the first thought to be a high ankle sprain has proven to be something more severe with most fresh reports specification that he\’s also got a broken bone in the same ankle. This exposure makes what was previously an unlikely scenario for him to play in the Super Bowl approximately impossible.
If you\’ve watched NFL football long enough you know that the most central player on the team that no one talks about is the center. The center is the anchor of the attacking line, and championship teams frequently have a good one. At the present the Steelers have to hope that backup Doug Legursky is \’good enough\’. Pouncey left the game against the New York Jets in the originally quarter after linebacker Brian Thomas rolled over his leg, and early points were that he suffered a high ankle sprain which takes 4 to 6 weeks to heal. The news that he also has a broken bone in the ankle makes his unavailability for the Super Bowl almost convinced.
Instantaneously after the injury Pouncey sounded upbeat about his Super Bowl prospects:
\”I know in my heart that I\’m playing in that game. I had the same injury before on my other ankle and I know how to bother it. I know how to come near things.\”
Steelers\’ coach Mike Tomlin took a \’wait and see\’ approach:
\”I think to say anything at this point would be early. Of course, it was such that he couldn\’t go back in the game today. I am positive we will have more information that will be discussed here in the next couple of weeks.\”
At this instance, it would take an amazing recovery for him to even think playing in the Super Bowl. The biggest concern with an injury of this type is ligament damage, so any effort to play before the ankle is totally healed could put Pouncey\’s future in the NFL at risk. This will put significant pressure on his backup Legursky who\’ll get to show what he\’s able of on the biggest stage in sports. The current Super Bowl betting line has the Steelers installed as a +2\’ underdog to the Green Bay Packers.
Daniel Scott is a freelance sports writer and highly respected authority on price per head. His writing has appeared on a variety of sports sites including sportsbooks and pay per head sites. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with three Jack Russell Terriers and a kangaroo. He is currently working on an autobiography of former energy secretary Donald Hodell.