Report: Don't expect Maurkice Pouncey, Aaron Smith to play in Super Bowl
Two injured Pittsburgh Steelers players, Maurkice Pouncey and Aaron Smith, have not been officially ruled out of Sunday's Super Bowl XLV, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that neither will play.
In the case of Pouncey, who hobbled down the stairs to the team plane on crutches and had to be driven to the bus, Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said: "We've been very aggressive in terms of treating it. We've even been putting it in hard casts and so forth. Just trying to do everything in our power to give him the best opportunity to participate. I don't know what his chances are at this point."
ESPN, citing unnamed sources, also has reported that Pouncey, the rookie center who hurt his ankle in the AFC championship game, will not play Sunday. Still, Tomlin said Monday, "we will remain hopeful."
Although the Post-Gazette cited unnamed sources saying Smith was out as well, ESPN reported that he wold have an MRI to be certain. The defensive end ruptured his triceps Oct. 24 and the team opted not to place him on the season-ending injured-reserve list in hopes that he might be able to play at some point in the playoffs.
| February 1, 2011; 6:59 AM ET
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