PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey did not practice again Thursday because of the left ankle injury he sustained during Sunday’s AFC championship game victory over the New York Jets Sunday.
Pouncey said after the game Sunday that he intended on playing in the Super Bowl, and was seen in a cast and on crutches Wednesday. Teammate Chris Kemoeatu had told reporters Wednesday that Pouncey was not going to play in the Super Bowl, but he backed off those comments Thursday.
Also not practicing for the Steelers was starting cornerback Bryant McFadden, who has a strained abdomen. McFadden also did not practice early last week, but he returned to practice Friday and played Sunday — albeit with a somewhat reduced workload.
William Gay assumed McFadden’s role as the team’s No. 2 cornerback, and Doug Legursky replaced Pouncey.
There was no change in the Steelers’ injury status from Wednesday to Thursday: All Pro safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot), left tackle Jonathan Scott ribs) and special teamer Will Allen (knee) all did not practice again, but Allen is the only one with an injury expected to be serious enough to put his status for the Feb. 6 Super Bowl in question.
Defensive end Aaron Smith continues to be limited in practice participation, as he has been for the past three weeks. He has not played since tearing a triceps Oct. 24 and is not expected to be ready face the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.