Pouncey’s Ankle Doesn’t Bend, It Breaks

Anybody have Justin Hartwig’s phone number?

Remember that “high ankle sprain” the Pittsburgh Steelers said knocked rookie superstar center Maurkice Pouncey out of last Sunday’s AFC Championship game?  Well, that sprained ankle has morphed into a broken ankle according to this report by the Post-Gazette.  He’s been hobbling around the team’s training facility in a cast while his prognosis for Super Bowl XLV would seem to be highly doubtful.  I hope Hines Ward still has that hyperbaric oxygen chamber he used to recuperate in time for Super Bowl XLIII.

It may be moot since the Black and Gold’s new unofficial team physician, Dr. Juicy, has already said Pouncey is going to miss the game. No offense to Chris Kemoeatu but I’ll take his medical advice with a grain of salt.  Remember, Ben Roethlisberger walked around in a cast after break-spraining his foot.  Although, strange as it may sound, this kind of injury is probably worse for a lineman since they need a stable base in order to maintain balance and leverage while blocking.

Losing Pouncer for the big game would be a pretty significant handicap for the Steelers.  Doug Legursky actually did a fairly solid job in Pouncey’s place as Rashard Mendenhall ran for almost all of his 100 first half yards with the Big Legursky manning the middle.  Of course, the Jets didn’t have an imposing nose tackle like BJ Raji lining up across from him.  The center-QB exchange was a little rough but that comes with practice and repetition.  As long as Big Ben spends most of next week between Legursky’s legs, I would think they could develop enough chemistry to where there shouldn’t be any more problems in that regard.

One thing’s for sure, Pouncey will be out there if at all humanly possible.  He’s one of only two Steeler linemen to start every game this season so you know he’s not the type to pull a Cutler.  You see what I did there?  I used “a Cutler” as shorthand for “extreme pussification.”  It’s not too soon, is it?

Topics: 2009 Nfl Playoffs, Baltimore Ravens, Ben Roethlisberger, Big Ben, Black And Gold, Black And Gold Blog, Charlie Batch, Chris Kemoeatu, Dennis Dixon, Doug Legursky, Fast Willie Parker, Fwp, Hines Ward, Lamarr Woodley, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Tomlin, Nfl Playoffs, Nice Pick Cowher, Nicepickcowher, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Steelers Blog, Pouncey Injury, Rashard Mendenhall, Ratbirds, Ravens-Steelers, Roethlisberger, Roethlisberger Concussion, Santonio Holmes, Steeler Nation, Steelers, Steelers Blog, Steelers Nation, Stillers, Super Bowl Champions, Super Bowl Xlv

Want more from Nice Pick, Cowher?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.
  • http://footballtailgate.weebly.com FBTG

    Very interesting development… Obviously with painkillers for one game, then a player could get through the pain if only for a few hours. However, with a somewhat broken bone, this becomes a serious situation.. they need to think about whether or not Pouncey would become a “liability” on the field with an actual break.

    • http://nicepickcowher.com chris

      Exactly. I’m sure he’d tough it out if asked but at what point does a hobbled Pouncey hurt more than a healthy Legursky?

      • Tom G

        I feel very bad for Pouncey. The poor guy played his ass off all season, and gets injured right before the big game.
        As you said, Legursky put in a good performance, even though he came right off the bench. Given two weeks to get the timing and hone his skills at center should help him do even better. But again – he’s facing that slab of meat on the other side and that’s going to be the biggest challenge.

        I’d hate to see Pouncey play on something broken and risk damaging it more so just to get in the game. Ankle breaks can be very serious…

  • kim

    Legursky isn’t Pouncey. The Steelers have to improve Legursky if they stand a chance at winning. He can’t bobble the ball during the snap in the super bowl. It just won’t work. I hope they figure out a way to make the best of the situation whether Pouncey or Legursky take the field. And the low blow on Cutler was ridiculous. Childish given all the players, even John Madden is defending him.

    • http://nicepickcowher.com chris

      Cutler is a wimp and an embarrassment to football. I don’t care who defends him, Steeler fans would run him out of town if he pulled that sissy crap. It may not be how they do it in Kansas but we like winners here in the ‘Burgh.

      • CaptainAge

        Cutlers “a wimp and an embarrassment to football” – let’s not exaggerate.

        You also forgot to mention, “in the ‘Burgh” they like winners and rapists.

  • kim

    Well there are different pain levels that people can tolerate. And I won’t argue that the steelers would hate him because big ben played with a broken nose and it seemed as though it didn’t even bother him. I’m rooting for the steelers too, I’m a pats fan and love that pitt beat them. All I have to say is the past is the past. Right now the only two teams that matter are the steelers and packers. The rest aren’t relevant.