The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered several injuries Sunday in their preseason win over the Green Bay Packers and it appears though center Maurkice Pouncey will miss an extended amount of time with an ankle injury that will require surgery.
Pouncey, who was rolled up on from behind in the first quarter of Sunday’s game, was spotted afterwards using crutches while wearing a soft cast on his left leg.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said during his post game press conference that he’s not ready to speculate about how long Pouncey will be sidelined until after the surgery takes place.
“I don’t have a length of time that hes going to be out,” said Tomlin. “We’ll analyze that obviously after he gets the procedure done.”
If Pouncey is to go on the injured reserve list with the designated to return tag, he’ll have to be on the final 53 man roster after the last cuts are made. That following Tuesday he can be placed on the injured reserve list with the designated to return tag and at that point he’ll be forced to sit out at least eight weeks.
Pouncey, who started this year’s training camp off on the Active PUP list with a foot sprain, missed nearly the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL that he suffered in that year’s season opener.
With Pouncey now out, Cody Wallace likely becomes the team’s starting center.
#Steelers ICYMI: Here is where Pouncey got injured: pic.twitter.com/Vxh5dHbJUG
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) August 23, 2015