Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey has a broken bone in his left ankle, Gerry Dulac and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.
Pouncey has had his left foot placed in a cast and has been seen using crutches to move around. The P&G add that ligament damage in the ankle is the “major stumbling block” for his return.
The Steelers have not yet ruled Pouncey out for Super Bowl XLV, listing him as “Did Not Participate” on both of this week’s practice participation reports, but between a high ankle sprain and broken bone, it appears highly unlikely that the first-round pick from the University of Florida will be able to go.
Doug Legursky, who replaced Pouncey in the first quarter of Sunday’s 24-19 win over the New York Jets, is working with the first-team offense during this week’s practices and would start if Pouncy is, in fact, ruled out.