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2011 Super Bowl: Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey Questionable

The Pittsburgh Steelers might be without rookie center Maurkice Pouncey when Super Bowl XLV kicks off in just over a week. Pouncey is listed as questionable to play in the Super Bowl according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. It's been reported that Pouncey has a broken bone in his left ankle as well as an ankle sprain that he suffered in the AFC Championship victory over the Jets last Sunday.

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If Pouncey is indeed out for the Super Bowl, the Steelers will be starting four backups on the offensive line. All that really means is that the referees will allow the Steelers to hold without penalties for at least one quarter of the game. Pittsburgh does, after all, get to play with different rules than the rest of the league. Poor B.J. Raji.

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The Steelers also listed defensive end Aaron Smith as questionable. Smith suffered a triceps injury in October and isn't likely to be ready to play in the Super Bowl. Safety Will Allen was also listed as questionable, but he remains optimistic that he'll play, saying: "No way I'll miss my first Super Bowl."

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