Pittsburgh Steelers guard Chris Kemoeatu says the team will be without Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey when they face the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6.
Pouncey injured his left ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's 24-19 win over the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game. Pouncey has been spotted on crutches with his left foot in a cast.
"We are definitely sad that he (Pouncey) won’t be able to be with us in the Super Bowl," Kemoeatu said, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Definitely I feel bad for him. We just have to win it for him."
Second-year offensive lineman Doug Legursky, an undrafted free agent out of Marshall, replaced Pouncey on Sunday and would start the Super Bowl if Pouncey is unable to play. (Pouncey was listed as "Did Not Participate" on today's injury/practice participation report)
"I'll be ready if I have to go," Legursky told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday. "I'm ready every week."
Legursky will have his hands full making the line calls against the Packers' front seven, while going one-on-one with Packers' 337-pound nose tackle B.J. Raji.