The Pittsburgh Steelers annual OTA practices got underway on Tuesday and center Maurkice Pouncey was able to participate fully in the first session and he hopes that’s a recurring theme moving forward during the summer.
Pouncey, who missed the entire 2015 season after suffering a broken fibula during the preseason, said Monday that he was a “full go” on Tuesday and that he doesn’t want to miss any practices between now and the start of the regular season, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
While this certainly is great news for the Steelers, it still won’t be surprising to see head coach Mike Tomlin hold Pouncey out of a few OTA and training camp practices moving forward. The Steelers former first-round draft pick out of Florida has only played in 17 of the Steelers last 48 regular season games due to injuries.
Pouncey, who will turn 27 in July, is already a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro selection. After suffering an injured fibula last season the Steelers center reportedly needed a second surgery during the season due to an infection that had set in. On Tuesday, however, Pouncey admitted that he had more than two surgeries.