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Posted at 6:59 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Report: Don't expect Maurkice Pouncey, Aaron Smith to play in Super Bowl

By Cindy Boren

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.

By Cindy Boren  | February 1, 2011; 6:59 AM ET
Categories:  Super Bowl XLV  
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any truth to the rumors Roethlisberger won't be playing because of his ruptured character?? see the police reports at
why don't sports reporters confront him on his failure to apologize? how about asking him to donate the $40,000 he will get when he loses, to a rape crisis center?

Posted by: butchgrabowski | February 1, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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