Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey: “I Wish I Could Say That I’m Fully Back, But I’m Pretty Close”

Phase one of the Pittsburgh Steelers offseason program got underway on Tuesday and a good majority of the players are now back in town getting ready for the upcoming OTA sessions. One player who’s been in Pittsburgh all offseason training is center Maurkice Pouncey and he recently updated the rehab of his surgically repaired knee in an interview with

“When this first happened, I thought I was going to be out for the longest time,” said Pouncey, who suffered a serious knee injury just eight offensive plays into the 2013 season-opener against the Tennessee Titans. “I was never expecting to be walking like this now, to be able to do all of things that I can do in the weight room. I never thought it. I wish I could say that I’m fully back, but I’m pretty close.”

Pouncey is reportedly now back running on an anti-gravity treadmill machine that was designed to help avoid putting too much pressure on the knees. That exercise begins with him walking for 20 minutes before transitioning into a sprint.

“It is intense, but I have been away from running and football for so long so it’s helped me get back in shape,” said Pouncey. “It’s keeps the pressure off my knee, keeps the swelling down. You aren’t outside running and putting your total body weight on it. It’s a great rehab source. It’s gets you better a lot faster. We are going at the right pace and everything is good right now.”

According to Missi Matthews, Pouncey believes that he will mostly be limited to doing individual drills with the possibility of doing a few live reps once the OTA sessions get underway following the draft. More than anything else, the Steelers center said he can’t wait to back out on the field again with his teammates.

“I can’t wait to get back out there and stretch for the first day with the team and get back out there and do a live drill. It’ll be awesome.”

Pouncey is entering the final year of his rookie contract after being drafted by the Steelers in first round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida.

  • mlc43

    I wish I could say that he’s as good as people say he is, but he’s pretty…….nah, I can’t do it. He’s pretty good and I’ll leave it there.

  • Jason

    He should have said “I’m nearly back to being the mediocre, overrated player I used to be but not quite there yet.”

  • MailboxKid

    Too much Pouncey hate… The guys has done nothing wrong. The public, as in “us”, made him overrated, not him. Lay off. He’s never said he’s the best center, or asked to be the most paid center. When that happens rip on him as you like.

  • pittsburghjoe

    “Free Hernandez”….Let the JOKER and his sympathizers walk.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Regardless of what side you are on, he is the most polarizing Steeler in recent memory.

  • Jason

    How did we make him overrated? When your play doesn’t warrant the praise you recieve from the so called experts and many fans that is the definition of overrtated.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Pouncey is overrated, but in no way is he mediocre.

  • Josh Knepshield

    You asked a question, and then answered it dude. Lol
    “How did we make him overrated? and then you say “praise you receive from the so called experts and MANY FANS” Lol

  • Steve

    This is probably what brought on all the hate mail. If Pouncy comes back and makes All Pro, he will get the respect.

  • Jason

    LOL. Guess I kinda did. Perhaps I didn’t explain what I meant clearly. I was responding to mailboxkid saying that it was “us” who made Pouncey overrated. Pouncey came out his rookie year and played very well therefore leading us to believe he would get better or at least be as good for years to come. His failure to maintain that level and in my opinion regress from it is what’s causing him to be overrated by people who simply rely on “expert” opinions instead of watching him play. We are not at fault for expecting a first round pick to perform like one.

  • Virdin Barzey

    First off, people calling Pouncey overrated are silly. Those calling him mediocre is even sillier. Make no mistake, since his first big injury, he hasn’t been the same but he is still very good.

    Now that he’s on his second big injury I’m very concerned as to what the drop off is this time. Here’s hoping he’s 100% when he gets back and Munch can get him back to being a real pro-bowler.

  • Josh Knepshield

    True. I agree. I just thought it was funny.