During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin informed the media that center Maurkice Pouncey hasn’t had a second surgery performed on his injured left ankle.
Last week, there were reports that Pouncey might need another surgery on his ankle due to setback that was related to an infection.
Tomlin did admit on Tuesday that he’s yet to check in on Pouncey this week being as he’ll not be available to the team on Sunday. When prodded, however, he did say that he’s still hopeful that the veteran center will be able to return to field later on this season.
Pouncey was placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured list with the designated to return tag at the start of the season after he injured his ankle in the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
Rules stipulate that Pouncey must sit out the first eight weeks of the season, but it’s clear at this point that if able to return this season, that it won’t be until much later in the season.
Last week, Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert said that Pouncey was scheduled to meet with an ankle specialist in North Carolina. Tomlin, however, was not asked to comment on that during his Tuesday media session.