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2011 Super Bowl: Maurkice Pouncey Could Play Despite Ankle Injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers already have their work cut out for them when they play the Green Bay Packers in Sunday’s Super Bowl, but it would be much more difficult without center Maurkice Pouncey anchoring the offensive line.

Pouncey, a 6-foot-4, 304 pound rookie out of the University of Florida, didn’t practice last week after injuring his left ankle against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game. Despite the injury, which is being termed a “high ankle sprain” by the team, the Steelers have yet to rule Pouncey out of the game.

According to an ESPN report, the team is being “very aggressive” with Pouncey’s rehabilitation. Head coach Mike Tomlin told the Associated Press that Pouncey is “not on a running clock” until Wednesday, when the team will once again begin practicing for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Tomlin was also quoted as saying that he’s “sure it could be characterized as that,” when asked if the sprain could actually be a broken bone in Pouncey’s ankle.

If Pouncey’s unable to go, the Steelers will use backup Doug Legursky.

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