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Maurkice Pouncey | Center | #53

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/24/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 304
College: Florida
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (18) / PIT
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Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey has revealed he underwent seven surgeries following last year's leg break.
Pouncey underwent "six surgical procedures and a skin graft" following his preseason injury, enduring a number of infections. The harrowing experience cost Pouncey all 16 games, but he's amazingly all the way back to 100 percent health, and refusing to take days off in the Steelers' offseason program. It's a reminder of the awful rigors football players put their bodies through. Jun 16 - 7:13 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (leg surgeries) has been a full participant in OTAs, and says he is 100 percent healthy.

"I’m 26 years old, man," Pouncey said. "I’m doing everything. I don’t need time off. I’m (ticked) off I missed a lot. I’m ready to go." Pouncey bookended a 16-start 2014 with missing all of 2015 and appearing in only one game in 2013. He was one of the league's best centers in 2014.
May 24 - 4:49 PM

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (broken ankle) was present for the start of OTAs on Monday.

We doubt Pouncey will be a full participant, but he's on track with his rehab. Pouncey will be ready to rock for training camp after missing all of 2015.
Apr 18 - 3:30 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said C Maurkice Pouncey (broken leg) might not be ready for OTAs.

Pouncey's recovery from the broken fibula and subsequent infection he suffered last season is going well, but Tomlin plans to take it slow. "What he's capable of doing and what I allow him to do may be two different things," Tomlin said. "I haven't had those discussions or thoughts at this juncture." Pouncey should be 100 percent before training camp.
Mar 22 - 12:34 PM

The Steelers have yet to formally rule C Maurkice Pouncey (broken leg, I.R./return) out for the season.

Coach Mike Tomlin has offered next to no details about Pouncey's progress, but perhaps he could return for a playoff run. Cody Wallace has struggled mightily in Pouncey's absence.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 03:30:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey is getting a second opinion on his broken fibula.

There's been differing reports on whether Pouncey has had a second operation, but it would appear it's at least a possibility. Sidelined until at least Week 12, it's looking less and less likely that Pouncey returns this season.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 07:29:00 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said C Maurkice Pouncey (leg/ankle, I.R./return) did not undergo a second surgery.

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reported last week Pouncey was "experiencing complications" and would need a second operation. Tomlin said he is confident Pouncey will be able to return this season, but admitted he has not received a full evaluation from his doctors yet. Pouncey was not expected back until at least Week 12 even before the reported setback.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 12:36:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects Steelers C Mike Pouncey (leg/ankle, I.R./return) to miss the rest of the season.

Pouncey was already recovering from leg surgery, but had to undergo a second operation to clear out an infection. Even before going back under the knife, Pouncey wasn't expected back before Week 12. It's a major issue for the Steelers, as Cody Wallace has been a liability in Pouncey's absence. Pouncey missed 15 games in 2013, but started all 16 in 2014.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 03:28:00 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (leg/ankle) requires another operation.

Per Getlin, Pouncey is "experiencing complications." Pouncey was sent to I.R./return after undergoing leg/ankle surgery in late August. He fractured his left fibula in Pittsburgh's third preseason game. Pouncey wasn't expected back before Week 12, but it's possible he ends up missing the entire season. Cody Wallace, who has been a liability, is manning the pivot in Pouncey's absence.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 01:17:00 PM

Steelers placed C Maurkice Pouncey on injured reserve-designated for return.

Technically, the move makes Pouncey eligible to return in Week 9. Reports have indicated Pouncey is more likely to return around Week 12, however, after he fractured his left ankle and fibula in the preseason. The Steelers still return four of their five offensive line starters from last season, but have been forced to turn to liability Cody Wallace at center.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 04:51:00 PM

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey's fractured left fibula/ankle is expected to sideline him until Week 12.

He'll miss the first eight games on I.R./return, then is expected to miss two more weeks rehabbing and conditioning. The Steelers' bye falls in Week 11, and the early expectation is Pouncey will be available in Week 12. Pittsburgh remains strong at guard and tackle, but will ask a lot of Cody Wallace to replace Pouncey at the pivot. 26-year-old Wallace has made six spot starts the past two seasons, earning positive PFF grades in 2013 but floundering mightily last year.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 01:51:00 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said C Maurkice Pouncey (broken fibula) has a chance to return this year.

Pouncey will likely be placed on injured reserve/designated to return, meaning he will miss at least the first half of the season. How his leg heals after surgery will determine if he can make it back at all. Cody Wallace will start at center with Pouncey sidelined.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 01:04:00 PM

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey's specific injury is a fractured left fibula above his ankle.

It's the same injury that cost Danny Woodhead almost all of the 2014 season. Pouncey's surgery is expected to involve doctors inserting a metal plate into his leg, shelving him for at least the next two months.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 07:51:00 PM

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey is expected to miss half of the 2015 season after fracturing his ankle in Sunday's preseason game.

This makes Pouncey a candidate for injured reserve/designated for return. Pouncey broke his left ankle in Sunday's exhibition game against the Packers. The Steelers will turn to journeyman Cody Wallace at center in the meantime. Pouncey is not one of the best centers in the league, but he's an above-average starter and the pivot for an offensive line that returned all five components from last season. Pouncey's loss is a concern for Pittsburgh's run-game efficiency.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 05:15:00 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed C Maurkice Pouncey will require surgery on his injured ankle.

Tomlin did not give a timetable for his return, but reports suggest Pouncey has a broken ankle. The injury should keep Pouncey out at least the first half of the season, and there is a possibility he misses the entire year. The Steelers could opt to put Pouncey on IR/recall, which would prevent him from playing until Week 9. Pouncey was rolled up on from behind by Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix late in the first quarter of the Steelers' third preseason game. He was spotted on crutches with his leg in a soft cast in the locker room. Cody Wallace replaced Pouncey after he went down.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 04:46:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Zach Mettenberger
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
4Daryl Richardson
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Sammie Coates
3Darrius Heyward-Bey
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Eli Rogers
WR31Eli Rogers
TE1Jesse James
2David Johnson
3Xavier Grimble
4Ladarius Green
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Ryan Harris
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Cody Wallace
RG1David DeCastro
2B.J. Finney
RT1Marcus Gilbert
K1Chris Boswell