DALLAS – Pittsburgh Steelers rookie center Maurkice Pouncey was a man of few words during Tuesday's Media Day at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, but he didn't need many words to get his point across.
The conversation went as follows:
"You giving it a shot?" asked a member of the media.
"Most definitely," replied Pouncey.
"A good shot?"
"Coaching staff feeling the same way?"
"Most definitely. I hope so. They better be."
Pouncey suffered a broken ankle in the AFC Championship win over the New York Jets, and rumor had it that the offensive lineman would be out for the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers.
Teammate Chris Kemoeatu told local Pittsburgh media that Pouncey would not play. The rookie center wouldn't commit that he'll play, but he's definitely giving himself a chance.
"I'm with everybody, I'm at every meeting," said Pouncey. "Showing up with all the guys, hanging out, having a good time with everybody."
If Pouncey can't go, he'll be replaced by Doug Legursky – who took over for the rookie in the AFC Championship but has never started a game at center in his professional career.
Pouncey said he's been doing some therapy late at night, icing his leg and would test it on a stationary bike today. He doesn't even want to think about making it as far as the Super Bowl and not even playing in the game on Sunday.
"That's not even on my mind right now," said Pouncey. "I don't even want to think about that. I'm here to have a good time and prepare to play against the Green Bay Packers."
Pouncey is generally regarded as the best player on the Steelers offensive line and was voted to the Pro Bowl in his first year in the NFL.
Even though the Steelers center is only a rookie, Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji holds him in high regard.
“There is no secret – Pouncey is a Pro Bowl player," said Raji. "He is very athletic and has very good feet and can recover quickly. A lot of times in this league, that is what can separate offensive linemen – their ability to recover and drive you past the quarterback, as opposed to you getting the sack. I think that’s probably the biggest difference.”
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