The Steelers have placed injured center Maurkice Pouncey on injured reserve and have signed Dorian Brooks from their practice squad.
This is quite a coup for Brooks, a 23-year-old guard who signed with the Steelers back in April as an undrafted free agent out of James Madison. He now gets to tell his grandkids that he was a part of a Super Bowl team. But this appears to be just a depth move in case the Steelers suffer yet another offensive line injury – if Brooks ends up playing with the offense, there’s a problem.
As for Pouncey, it was announced yesterday that he would not play in the Super Bowl after injuring his ankle in the AFC Championship Game against the Jets. Doug Legursky will start in his place. It’s a tough loss for the Steelers, but one they’ve had two weeks to prepare for, since there was every indication since the AFC Championship Game that Pouncey would be unavailable.