Jan 27, 2011
Steelers' Kemoeatu backs off assessment of Pouncey's injury
By Nate Davis, USA TODAY

(UPDATE: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday night that Pouncey also has a broken bone in his left ankle in addition to the high ankle sprain, further casting his availability for Super Bowl XLV into doubt.)

A day after strongly hinting that rookie Pro Bowl C Maurkice Pouncey would miss Super Bowl XLV due to the left high ankle sprain he suffered in the AFC Championship Game, Steelers LG Chris Kemoeatu softened his stance Thursday.

"I think they're taking it day by day, as far as his injury," Kemoeatu said, holding out hope that the team's first-round pick will suit up vs. the Packers. "I don't think it has been confirmed that he's not playing yet. Right now he's just rehabbing."

Pouncey was hurt in the first quarter of Pittsburgh's 24-19 win vs. the Jets and didn't return to the game after being replaced by Doug Legursky. Whoever starts for the Steelers will have to contend with imposing Packers NT B.J. Raji.

Pouncey claimed Sunday that he would be ready for the Super Bowl.

Kemoeatu said differently Wednesday, telling the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "We are definitely sad that he won't be able to be with us in the Super Bowl.

"Definitely I feel bad for him. We just have to win it for him. It's definitely a huge loss for us."

Pouncey has not participated in the Steelers' two practices thus far this week.