On Friday we passed along the word that the MCL injury that Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey suffered on the first offensive play in the Thursday night loss to the Tennessee Titans was not believed to serious.
On Saturday Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that per a league source, Pouncey is not expected to miss much time, if any. That certainly is encouraging news.
Pouncey never returned to the game after his right leg was trapped underneath a pile on the opening pass play and he was replaced at center by Doug Legursky.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said during his post game press conference following the loss, “Pouncey has an MCL of some description that needs to be evaluated.”
The Steelers had a long list of injured players coming out of the game, but so far none of them appear to be serious. Running back Rashard Mendenhall, who suffered a strained Achilles\’ in the game, might be ready for the game against the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday night.
Also injured in the game were running back Isaac Redman (ankle), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring), and linebacker Brandon Johnson (hamstring). The status of those players likely will not be known until Tuesday when Tomlin is next scheduled to talk to the media
Hopefully the extra rest between games will allow at least the starters to heal. Carter and Johnson are not starters, but both contribute on special teams and we all know how tricky hamstring injuries can be.
Safety Troy Polamalu (calf) is expected to be out at least a few more weeks and we will have to see what next week brings us in regard to LaMarr Woodley (hamstring), who also sat out Thursday night after suffering a mild hamstring strain early in the win over the Philadelphia Eagles.