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Center Pouncey Placed on IR; Smith Also Won’t Go vs Packers

The Steelers are ready. They will play for their 7th title on Sunday, but will do it without a veteran leader on the D-line, and also their rookie Pro Bowl center. The team placed Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey on injured reserve and signed center-guard Dorian Brooks from the practice squad on Saturday.

Pouncey was ruled out Friday by coach Mike Tomlin after he suffered a high left ankle sprain in the AFC Championship Game against the New York Jets nearly two weeks ago. Backup Doug Legursky will start at center in Super Bowl XLV Sunday.

Brooks has never before appeared in an NFL game, and is not likely to be active against the Packers. Veteran D-linemen Aaron Smith won’t play, as he hasn’t been able to take the field since tearing a triceps vs the Dolphins in Miami.

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  1. moves66

    February 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm

  2. Ronald smith

    February 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    i hope he gets well soon

  3. Jeff

    February 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Can’t say enough about how bad I feel for # 53. You win the starting job at C for the Steelers as a rookie which is incredible. Then you start all the regular season and AFC playoff games. You get selected to the Pro Bowl for your consistent stellar play. All this as rookie who really should be a senior at Florida. You gotta love the way this kid continues the play down field, always finishing his blocks and playing a second after the whistle!

    He’s still learning and gaining experience which is scary good for us Steeler fans and scary bad for the AFC North!

    Go Stillers…bring us to 7th heaven tomorrow!!!!

  4. Rachel

    February 6, 2011 at 8:41 am

    STEELER FANS! PLEASE HELP ME OUT! Go to and LIKE the post about the Steelers contest! We’re competing against a bunch of extreme Packers’ fans to see who can get the most post “likes” before the big game today. We can’t lost, or else we’ll have to dress up in cheese-head hats! HELP US OUT! If we win, a bunch of Packer’s fans have to wear Polamalu wigs and chant “Here We Go, Steelers” while waving their Terrible Towels! HA!

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