Mark Kaboly is reporting this afternoon via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey might not be able to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos in the AFC wild card due to his bad left ankle. Kaboly reports that Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said today that he is concerned that Pouncey won\’t be able to play Sunday because he felt sore after the practice on Wednesday. Kaboly quoted Pouncey as saying today, “I\’m sore. My ankle isn\’t feeling right.”
Pouncey originally suffered a high left ankle sprain against the Cleveland Browns in week 14 and it forced him to miss the next two games against the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams as a result. Pouncey did return to action this past Sunday against the Browns, but looked gimpy at times and not his normal nimble self. The left ankle is the same one he injured last year in the AFC Championship game against the New York Jets and that injury kept him out of the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers as a result.
Should Pouncey not be able to go Sunday against the Broncos, Doug Legursky would likely get the start at center. Legursky is coming off of a shoulder strain suffered against the Rams that forced him to miss the final regular season game last week. Should that be the case, Chris Kemoeatu would likely get the start at left guard.
We will have more on the Thursday injury report when it is released later today.