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Posted at 3:42 PM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Super Bowl XLV: Maurkice Pouncey, Aaron Smith ruled out Sunday

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 4:42 p.m.

Although the Pittsburgh Steelers kept a roster spot open for defensive end Aaron Smith, hoping that he'd be able to play as the season lengthened, he will not be able to play in the Super Bowl because of his torn triceps.

Earlier, the Steelers had said that center Maurkice Pouncey also would not play.

Filed at 3:42 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie center Maurkice Pouncey will not play in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Pouncey had been told by Coach Mike Tomlin that he'd need to practice today if he were to play and when what Tomlin earlier called "the witching hour" for a Pouncey decision arrived, he could not practice. ESPN's Suzy Kolber reported the development.

Pouncey was a longshot at best, after suffering a high ankle sprain in the AFC championship game almost two weeks ago. He will be replaced by Doug Legursky.

"The NFL is made up of lots of players like him--guys who somehow got an opportunity and seized it," Tomlin said, via pool reporter Peter King. "We're completely confident that he will seize this opportunity and play well. That's why we're not changing what we do."

By Cindy Boren  | February 4, 2011; 3:42 PM ET
Categories:  Super Bowl XLV  
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