1/31/2011 5:43:00 PM et
Multiple sources tell the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Steelers DE Aaron Smith (tricep) and C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) are both out for Super Bowl XLV.

We pretty much already knew this, but the Steelers publicly have refused to rule either player out, listing both Pouncey and Smith as "questionable" on the Super Bowl injury report. Pouncey was spotted exiting the team flight to Dallas Monday on dual canes. He'll be replaced by Doug Legursky against the Packers. Ziggy Hood will continue to start in Smith's place at left end.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1/31/2011 2:57:00 PM et
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would not rule out C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) for Super Bowl XLV at his Monday presser.

However, Pouncey was seen using dual canes to move down the steps after the team flight to Dallas, an indication that he's nowhere near playing. The signs point to Pouncey having at least a 4-6 week injury. Pittsburgh is trying to keep a "competitive advantage," but he'd need a miracle to suit up.

1/31/2011 2:47:00 PM et
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday to determine his chances of playing in Super Bowl XLV.

Smith is listed as "questionable" for the game. While he appears to have a slightly better chance to play than C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), Smith is still considered a long shot. The Packers are the healthiest Super Bowl team.

1/31/2011 9:36:00 AM et
Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) says he has "come to grips" with the possibility that he won't play in Super Bowl XLV.

Smith is holding out hope that he can get medically cleared by Sunday, but beat writer Scott Brown is calling the veteran a "long shot." The run-stuffing end understands that he can't be active as a token gesture. "Why suit me up and not play when someone else can suit up and help the team win?" Smith said. "I think it has to be, 'Can I be productive? Can I contribute?'"

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

1/30/2011 6:32:00 PM et
Hines Ward has stated "several times, including the past week" that he has no plans to retire this offseason.

Ward suggested last offseason that he would walk away from the game if the Steelers win Super Bowl XLV, but it sounds like he's now committed to play at age 35. Ward no longer separates from quality corners, so he figures to continue to lose targets to Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown next season.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1/30/2011 6:26:00 PM et
Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) tacitly acknowledged that he won't play in the Super Bowl next Sunday.

"You can be tough as you want, [but] a fracture is a fracture," said Pouncey, confirming that the injury is more complex than just a high ankle sprain. It sounds a lot like the injury that ended Ryan Grant's season in September. Doug Legursky will start at center for Pittsburgh.

Source: Albert Breer on Twitter

1/30/2011 12:22:00 PM et
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Steelers remain "hopeful" DE Aaron Smith (triceps) will be active for Super Bowl XLV, and that he will visit a specialist in Dallas this week to determine his status.

Smith last played in Week 7, and was only a limited participant in practice last week. It would be nice for Pittsburgh to be near full strength as it goes for its third title in six seasons. But with Ziggy Hood playing so well, Smith's presence next Sunday will be a luxury and not a necessity.

1/30/2011 12:10:00 PM et
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) will not play in Super Bowl XLV next Sunday.

Schefter, citing a league source, reported this on Sunday NFL Countdown. Second-year G/C Doug Legursky, who has four career NFL starts, is expected to get the call in Pouncey's place. How Legursky handles fearsome Packers NT B.J. Raji could end up being the difference between who wins and loses.

1/30/2011 9:28:00 AM et
The Steelers could play a 2011 regular season game in Ireland.

The game would be a part of the NFL's international series, which has been played in London in recent years. Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney is the United States' official ambassador to Ireland. It's hard to believe a team as popular as Pittsburgh would give up a home game, but if this is something Rooney is pushing for, that could end up being the case.

Source: Beaver County Times

1/30/2011 8:20:00 AM et
Steelers OLB LaMarr Woodley poked fun at the Packers on Twitter on Saturday evening.

"I can tell u this much - us Steelers would never be tweeting jabs at each other ... over a team picture issue especially." In case the Packers were wondering whether the Steelers were taking notice of their petty infighting, they are. They can expect to hear about it on the field next Sunday.

Source: LaMarr Woodley on Twitter