All the sudden, it looks like Maurkice Pouncey isn’t so “out” for Sunday after all. At media day Tuesday in Dallas, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would not rule out his Pro Bowl rookie center, and Pouncey himself told Deon Sanders of NFL Network that he plans on playing.
“In my mind right now it’s stuck on playing, I am preparing the right way to play the Green Bay Packers,” Pouncey told Sanders. “We’ll see how it goes.”
Pouncey has a high left ankle sprain, and needed crutches to walk down the steps from the team’s charter flight in Dallas Monday wearing a bulky walking boot on his left foot.
“I’ve been doing a lot of ice and stuff,” the center said. “I took the cast off yesterday and hopefully I will be on the bike today moving around a lot better.”
“Most likely about 75 (percent chance of playing) to 25 (not playing) percent,” Pouncey said. “You all stay tuned Sunday night, hopefully Pouncey will be out there.”
“We’ve been very aggressive in terms of treating it,” Tomlin said. “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.”
According to media reports, Pouncey also has a broken bone in the ankle—a report Tomlin would neither confirm nor deny.
“I’m sure it could be characterized as that,” Tomlin said vaguely. “I’m sure I’ve got something floating around in my ankle. The issue that’s keeping him from participating is the high ankle sprain.”