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Pouncey on Super Bowl: I'm playing

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08:06 AM ET 01.24 | Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey plans to play in Super Bowl XLV despite reportedly sustaining a high ankle sprain Sunday. Pouncey, the first Steelers rookie offensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl since the 1950s, left the AFC Championship Game on the first possession after Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas fell on his left leg. Pouncey did not return to the game but he said afterward that he will play Feb. 6 against the Green Bay Packers in Dallas. "I know in my heart that I'm playing in that game," Pouncey said. ... The Steelers will likely hold Pouncey out of practice until they arrive in Dallas, and the 6-foot-4, 304-pounder gets extra time to heal because of the bye both Super Bowl-bound teams receive next weekend.

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January 24, 2011  08:10 AM ET

It's the Super Bowl, if you have lost an arm you want to play.

January 24, 2011  08:10 AM ET

What a helluva rookie.

January 24, 2011  08:11 AM ET

He's tough, he'll play.

January 24, 2011  08:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It's the Super Bowl, if you have lost an arm you want to play.

unless your name is Jay Cutler. DOH!

January 24, 2011  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

What a helluva rookie.

Steeler fans have the pleasure of knowing that the center position is tied up for the next 8-10 years.

January 24, 2011  08:14 AM ET

That is why they are in the SB and that wuss Cutler is at home.

January 24, 2011  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Steeler fans have the pleasure of knowing that the center position is tied up for the next 8-10 years.

that makes a huge difference.....

speaking of centers.....Dermontti Dawson for HOF.....

GO Steelers!!!!

January 24, 2011  08:23 AM ET

He better be or the Men of Steel could be in a world of hurt. Pouncey is a total badass!

January 24, 2011  08:24 AM ET
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that makes a huge difference.....speaking of centers.....Dermontti Dawson for HOF.....GO Steelers!!!!

Agreed.

Agreed.

Agreed!

January 24, 2011  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

that makes a huge difference.....speaking of centers.....Dermontti Dawson for HOF.....GO Steelers!!!!

thank you!!!!

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January 24, 2011  08:31 AM ET

Take note Jay Cutler.

January 24, 2011  08:31 AM ET

Two fumbled snaps to Roethlisberger without him, too. See how he heals.

January 24, 2011  08:35 AM ET

Pittsburgh NEEDS Pouncy to play. Between the fumbled snaps and being consistantly being completely blown off the line, his backup is not very good.

January 24, 2011  08:36 AM ET

He deserves to at least come out and play a few series. Great kid.

Speaking of Cutler (on another note), might he also be a bit of a pouting ballerina after being shown up by a 3rd stringer? Hanie moved the ball rather well.

Collins is still lying face down in the grass somewhere.

January 24, 2011  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Pittsburgh NEEDS Pouncy to play. Between the fumbled snaps and being consistantly being completely blown off the line, his backup is not very good.

hey ....Legusky (sp) is a (personal) fave of mine....he came in a few games during the season and played every O-line position....

January 24, 2011  08:49 AM ET
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hey ....Legusky (sp) is a (personal) fave of mine....he came in a few games during the season and played every O-line position....

Other than the two fumbled snaps, which can probably be improved upon with some reps between the center and quarterback, he didn't to bad. The Steelers were still able to run the ball, and the pressure on Roethlisberger didn't come from inside.

For a backup, he played well enough to win, right?

January 24, 2011  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He deserves to at least come out and play a few series. Great kid.Speaking of Cutler (on another note), might he also be a bit of a pouting ballerina after being shown up by a 3rd stringer? Hanie moved the ball rather well. Collins is still lying face down in the grass somewhere.

Hanie did look comfortable in that offense. And Collins should have been out of the league YEARS ago.

January 24, 2011  08:49 AM ET
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Collins is still lying face down in the grass somewhere.

And complaining about the condition of the field, no doubt.

 
January 24, 2011  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#21):

And complaining about the condition of the field, no doubt.

Collins: "That turf was terrible..and tasted WORSE!"

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