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Maurkice Pouncey out for season after being injured by teammate

Maurkice Pouncey suffered a major knee injury on Sunday after being taken out by teammate David DeCastro on a rushing play in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans, and he is out for the season.

Maurkice Pouncey injuryPittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced after the game that Pouncey will require surgery for his ACL and MCL.

DeCastro was pulling on a handoff to the left and decided to dive, but he went right at Pouncey’s lower body. Pouncey had turned to try sealing a hole, so he was hit in the side of the knees and left completely exposed.

The Steelers struggled in the 16-9 home loss to the Titans. Their season outlook is not any better with the three-time Pro Bowler out for the season. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times in the defeat.

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Maurkice Pouncey apologizes for wearing ‘Free Hernandez’ hat

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Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has apologized for his wardrobe selection over the weekend. As you likely saw, Maurkice and his twin brother Mike wore hats that said “Free Hernandez” to a club in Miami on Saturday night while celebrating their birthday.

There was speculation over the weekend that the Steelers had already spoken to Maurkice about the ramifications that are associated with supporting Aaron Hernandez as he awaits trial for a murder charge. On Monday morning, Maurkice posted a message on Twitter.

“I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate, and I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation,” he wrote. “I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions.”

There is no word yet on whether the Dolphins had a similar talk with Mike, but don’t be surprised if an apology is coming from him as well. The Pouncey brothers were friends with Hernandez at Florida and even had their names mentioned in a report about a shooting that took place in Gainesville back in 2007.

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There’s no way two grown men didn’t know that wearing hats supporting a person who has been charged with murder would cause a stir. I’m sure they got exactly what they want with all the attention it received. The apology might as well have come directly from the Steelers, because we all know they were behind it.

Mike and Maurkice Pouncey wear ‘Free Hernandez’ hats to birthday party

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Twin brothers Mike and Maurkice Pouncey were teammates with Aaron Hernandez at the University of Florida. The three stars won a BCS National Championship together in 2009 and reportedly hung out together, so you can understand why the Pounceys might continue to support their friend as he awaits trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Just don’t do it publicly.

Twitter user @JazzyNice5 shared a photo of the Pouncey brothers wearing “Free Hernandez” hats on Saturday night while they were celebrating their birthday at Cameo nightclub in Miami. Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel confirmed that the twins were there, and Maurkice tweeted the following photo earlier in the night:

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Maurkice Pouncey rooting for Ravens, Ray Lewis in Super Bowl

maurkice pounceyThe Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have perhaps the most intense rivalry in the NFL, so it might not go over too well with Steelers fans to find out one of their players wants the enemy to win the Super Bowl.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey told NBC’s Michele Tafoya during the Pro Bowl on Sunday that he is actually rooting for the Baltimore Ravens to win the big game.

“I know it’s going to sound crazy, but I’m pulling for Ray Lewis,” Pouncey admitted. “He’s from my hometown, and for him to go out on top would be a great look for our city.

“I know a lot of people aren’t going to like it, but I think it’s more of a hometown thing. For him to go out on top would be memorable.”

Pouncey and his twin, Mike, are from Lakeland, Fla., which is where Lewis played high school ball. I guess based on special circumstances we can give him a pass, though Steelers fans may not be as forgiving.

Pouncey was also asked for his thoughts on Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. He said the Harbaughs seem like “pretty good dudes” and “great coaches.” I’m sure the Harbaughs will be pleased to learn that some players view them as good dudes and great coaches.

Maurkice Pouncey Replaced by Doug Legursky Will be Big Advantage for Packers

After spending two weeks denying reports that rookie center Maurkice Pouncey was ruled out for the Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers finally admitted that they would be without their young Pro Bowler. The result is second-year center Doug Legursky from Marshall will start in Pouncey’s place, and that is a big advantage for the Green Bay Packers.

Legursky replaced Pouncey in the AFC Championship Game when Maurkice hurt his ankle (the injury that resulted in him missing the Super Bowl). Doug botched a snap to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that resulted in a fumble in that game, something that should never happen. Even though they’ve had two weeks to practice and get in-sync, it’s still a difference in comfortability for the quarterback to have someone new snapping him the ball.

The other area where Pouncey’s injury will be a major factor is blocking. Legursky is 6’1″, and though he’s strong, he’s shorter than the 6’4″ Florida rookie. Green Bay runs a 3-4 defense, lining up nose tackle B.J. Raji in front of the center frequently. Though Raji often hangs back in zone coverage if he recognizes pass plays, he should be able to push Legursky around on runs, and be able to get his hands up to block passes.

It’s not often that injuries not related to the quarterback have such an impact on a football game, but this could be one. We’ve already seen what Raji can do based on his big play in the NFC Championship Game. Don’t be surprised if he has an even bigger impact on the Super Bowl.

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