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Steelers vs. Bengals: Maurkice Pouncey unlikely to play

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is unlikely to play in Pittsburgh's crucial Sunday night game against the Bengals. According to Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times, Pouncey did not rule himself out for the Week 7 game, but it's doubtful he'll be able to go. The Steelers have yet to win on the road this season, and they'll enter the primetime game in Cincinnati with a depleted offensive line.

Pouncey, the anchor of the line at center, injured his leg when teammate Marcus Gilbert fell on him on the first offensive play during Thursday night's game against the Titans. With the extended rest in between games, there was some hope that he'd be ready to go by Week 7, but it appears unlikely. Doug Legursky will move into the center position to fill-in for the injured Pouncey.

In addition to Pouncey, the Steelers will be without Gilbert, the tackle who injured the Steelers center. Gilbert is dealing with a foot and ankle injury, opening up an opportunity for rookie Mike Adams to join Legursky on the re-shuffled Pittsburgh line.

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