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    Default Per ESPN: Dr. says Pouncy has a chance to play

    I hope this article doesn't upset as many people.

    Stephania Bell on Pouncey's ankle sprain
    January, 26, 2011 Jan 2611:00AM
    By James Walker

    Despite suffering a left high ankle sprain in the AFC title game, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie center Maurkice Pouncey seems extremely confident he will be ready for Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6 against the Green Bay Packers. But in our experience -- most recently with the quarterbacks of the Cleveland Browns -- this injury has kept players sidelined for about a month.

    So the AFC North blog checked in with ESPN medical expert Stephania Bell to get some insight on whether Pouncey recovering in half the time is possible or a pipedream for the Steelers.

    Stephania, let's start with what exactly is a high ankle sprain and why it's more severe than regular ankle sprains?

    Bell: It's really where the injury is located. The most common ankle sprain, for instance if you're playing pickup basketball, is when you roll your ankle. Someone goes up to the basket, shoots, lands usually on another player's foot and turns an ankle. The foot points in and all that stress goes to the outside of the ankle and that injures the ligaments down where the ankle attaches to the foot. With a high ankle sprain, the mechanism is different. It's often that the foot is planted and the player's leg gets twisted around. And what happens is it damages the ligaments that are basically at the top of the ankle joint. These are the ligaments that form the roof of the ankle joint where the two lower leg bones connect -- the tibia and the fibula. Those two bones are anchored by ligaments and it helps form the top of the ankle joint. So when those two ligaments are damaged, that's called a high ankle sprain.

    Pouncey is confident he can come back in two weeks from this injury. What's been your experience?

    Bell: Usually we give an estimate of four to six weeks for a high ankle sprain of the moderate variety. A severe one could take much longer. But you do have some evidence of guys coming back sooner. If you look at [Houston Texans receiver] Andre Johnson, he said he had a high ankle sprain. He later had problems because he tried to push through it, but Johnson was able to play sooner on a less than 100 percent ankle. I think when you look into the context of two weeks, it's the Super Bowl, and Pouncey doesn't have gross instability or a fracture based on what we know. So it will come down to whether the Steelers get the pain down enough and the swelling down enough that Pouncey can have normal motion in the joint and put pressure through the foot. One of the challenges of a high ankle sprain is every time you weight bear or put pressure over the foot, it puts stress right on those injured ligaments. The good news for Pouncey is he doesn't have to go running down the field. In his case, his position helps him. But perhaps the biggest risk is somebody could land on that ankle or twist it again.

    Does Pouncey's age at 21 help at all in this recovery process?

    Bell: Yes, in one sense we always feel you heal a little bit faster the younger you are. But also Pouncey hasn't had the same extensive career to have multiple injuries, which then often make it harder to heal. It's all of those variables that factor into it. It's the extent of the injury and how well he heals. We see just in terms of swelling after injury, some people will swell a lot and some don't swell so much. And Pouncey having the experience of having a similar injury [right high ankle sprain in college] and coming back quickly certainly helps.

    So there you have it from ESPN medical expert Stephania Bell. Pouncey returning to the Steelers for Super Bowl XLV is not impossible but will certainly be a challenge. We will keep you posted on Pouncey's rehabilitation process until the Super Bowl.

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    Default Re: Per ESPN: Dr. says Pouncy has a chance to play

    Sounds good to me!

    I really have no doubts that Pouncey will play. i'll be concerned the whole game as I usually am regarding our O-Line that is held together with tissue paper and chewed bubble gum. We'll find out more for the next 2 weeks about Pouncey as practice preparations and such happen
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    Default Re: Per ESPN: Dr. says Pouncy has a chance to play

    If Maurice can't go suit his brother up. No one will know the difference.

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    Injured Steelers C Pouncey dons cast on sprained ankle By Albert Breer NFL Network
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    Published: Jan. 26, 2011 at 12:14 p.m. Updated: Jan. 26, 2011 at 12:20 p.m. Liked: 0 | Comments: 9 Email Like Print Read Discuss

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    Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro rookie center Maurkice Pouncey was wearing a hard cast over his injured right ankle and moving around gingerly on crutches Wednesday morning at the team's facility.

    Pouncey sustained a high ankle sprain during Sunday's AFC title game win over the Jets, coming out of the game in the first half and watching the second half on crutches. He said after the game that the injury was similar to one he had in his left ankle, and played through, earlier in the year.


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    "I had the same injury before on my other ankle, and I know how to attack it. I know how to approach things," Pouncey told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sunday.

    Casting an ankle can be a procedural step to immobilize the leg and keep Pouncey from moving around.

    When asked about the injury Wednesday, Pouncey declined comment.

    On Sunday, Pouncey said he expected to play in Super Bowl XLV.

    "I know in my heart that I'm playing in that game," Pouncey told the Tribune-Review.

    Pouncey had to be helped off the field during the first quarter Sunday after Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas was pushed back into the rookie center. Thomas rolled over the back of Pouncey's leg on a 7-yard pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to Hines Ward.

    Pouncey didn't put weight on the ankle as he hopped off the field with the aid of two trainers. He later was carted to the locker room, where CBS cameras showed Pouncey walking with the aid of crutches.

    Pouncey told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he knew he wouldn't return to the game after the injury.

    "It was the worst pain ever," he said, adding that he suffered a similar injury as a sophomore at the University of Florida but returned to play the next game.

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    Default Re: Per ESPN: Dr. says Pouncy has a chance to play

    I can see it now..just like freeny's ankle this will be the main topic of conversation at the SB..

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    Default Re: Per ESPN: Dr. says Pouncy has a chance to play

    Funny - I just read two different articles that said two different things. Out and maybe.

    I have to stop reading the pre-game crap and just "wait and see"

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    Default Re: Per ESPN: Dr. says Pouncy has a chance to play

    This quotes from Chris Kemoeatu don't sound too promising. He may or may not know more than what is being reported publicly.

    “We are definitely sad that he won’t be able to be with us in the Super Bowl,” said Kemoeatu following today’s practice on the South Side. “Definitely I feel bad for him. We just have to win it for him.

    “We know how big this is for him and him not being able to play is definitely motivating for us to go out there and get that ring for him,” Kemoeatu said.


    Read more: Kemoeatu says Pouncey will miss Super Bowl - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt...#ixzz1CBvBJTKh

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    Default Re: Per ESPN: Dr. says Pouncy has a chance to play

    As said by ray, Pouncey is on crutches with a hard cast on his ankle... I'll be shocked if he plays... You can stand on a high ankle sprain, but if asked to stand on your toes (or push off), it cannot be done... At least Legursky can get a solid 2 weeks of practice in before the big game, but it will not replace what is lost by Pouncey being out.
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    As said by ray, Pouncey is on crutches with a hard cast on his ankle... I'll be shocked if he plays... You can stand on a high ankle sprain, but if asked to stand on your toes (or push off), it cannot be done... At least Legursky can get a solid 2 weeks of practice in before the big game, but it will not replace what is lost by Pouncey being out.
    Right. We will be fine I think but an injury In the SB itself would be tough but **** it we just keep on tickin somehow.

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    If Maurice can't go suit his brother up. No one will know the difference.
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    lol
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