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Pouncey hasn’t ruled himself out

Posted by Teresa Varley on October 17, 2012 – 6:16 pm

Center Maurkice Pouncey didn’t practice on Wednesday, but hasn’t ruled himself out from playing against the Bengals on Sunday night.

“I don’t want to rush back,” said Pouncey, who injured his knee against the Titans. “I have to be smart about it. If I do play I will have a brace on. I ran in the pool today and we’ll see how tomorrow plays out and later in the week.

“The plan right now is day by day and hopefully I am ready to go.”

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The Steelers “SEC” line

Posted by Teresa Varley on August 29, 2012 – 12:13 pm

The Steelers current offensive line is made up of three former Florida Gators in Max Starks, Maurkice Pouncey and Marcus Gilbert, a former Tennessee Volunteer in Ramon Foster and Hofstra’s Willie Colon.

When asked about the line this week Foster couldn’t help but take note of that.

“That is a great SEC line right there,” said Foster. “You have some good guys up front you know are going to fight for you. You don’t have to worry about the man next door to you knowing his job. It’s going to get done. “

When asked about Colon being the only non-SEC player, Foster was quick to bring him into the group.

“Willie doesn’t have a football program right now, so he is definitely going to take the SEC,” said Foster of Hofstra dropping their program. “We have adopted him.”

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Pouncey like a proud big brother

Posted by Teresa Varley on August 14, 2012 – 11:13 am

Rookie running back Chris Rainey gave Steelers fans a glimpse of what he can do against the Eagles when he caught two passes for 65 yards, including breaking free for a 57-yard touchdown.

But center Maurkice Pouncey has known for a long time what the speedy back is capable of as the two not only attended the same high school and the University of Florida, but Rainey also lived with Pouncey’s family.

“That is my man,” said Pouncey. “I told everybody before he got here that you are going to see a special guy and they did.

“He always did that at every level, so why stop now. He comes here and takes advantage of every time he gets the ball. He isn’t the biggest player, but he gives his all.”

Pouncey said he feels like a proud big brother when he watches Rainey.

“I love that so much,” said Pouncey. “To see everything he has been through and come out here and shine like that is awesome.”

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Pouncey isn’t always all smiles

Posted by Teresa Varley on August 2, 2012 – 6:10 pm

When you see Maurkice Pouncey walking around campus at St. Vincent College during training camp, it’s rare to see him without a smile on his face. That is just the way Pouncey is, always happy, always friendly.

But get him on the field, and it’s a whole different ball game.

“I am a totally different dude. I lock in, try to be a warrior, go as hard as I can and go out there and lead,” said Pouncey. “It gets me going. I want to go out there and just play. I don’t think about being a nice guy. I will shake your hand after the game, but in the game it’s not happening.”

Pouncey isn’t the only one who brings intensity. Guard Willie Colon definitely has the same approach.
“He is a dog,” said Pouncey. “He is a big dude in there, a monster. It is the same with us every year. You go out there and beat up on the guy across from you and try to get a win every game.”

Rookie David DeCastro is also fitting the bill. While he might be quiet, he is intense.

“He looks like a military dude,” said Pouncey. “He is too serious sometimes but he is a great guy to have on the field. He doesn’t say anything at all.”

DeCastro is a man of few words when talking to the media, and even that way at times with his new teammates.

“We call him ‘Mr. Personality,’” said Pouncey. “We have to try and joke with him. He went to a school where it was school, school, school and then football so he didn’t learn how to have fun.”

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Steelers Playoff Diary – 1/8

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 3:19 pm

Sunday, January 8

There are plenty of Terrible Towels in the crowd as the Steelers get ready for kickoff.

Steelers starting center Maurkice Pouncey is among those inactive for today’s game against the Broncos. Doug Legursky will start at center.

Also inactive are cornerback Cortez Allen, safety Ryan Clark, linebacker Mortty Ivy, tackle Jamon Meredith, running back Mewelde Moore and defensive end Al Woods.

Ryan Mundy will start at free safety for Clark.

As the Steelers prepare to take on the Broncos, running backs coach Kirby Wilson is in the thoughts of all of Steelers Nation.

“Kirby is a fighter, he is fighting,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as we prepare to play this football game.”

Isaac Redman ready for action

Defensive teammates wrestle with Casey Hampton – a normal pre-game happening.

Steelers fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver

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Steelers Playoff Diary – 1/5

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 5, 2012 – 9:15 pm

Thursday, January 5

The news of the day came from the injury report following practice, with CB Cortez Allen (shoulder), LB James Harrison (toe), DE Brett Keisel (groin), RB Mewelde Moore (knee), S Troy Polamalu (calf), and C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) not practicing.

Pouncey said his ankle started bothering him again after practicing this week.

“I practiced the other day and toward the end I got sore,” said Pouncey. “Today, I came in and my ankle was real sore, so I don’t know what the turnout is going to be. Right now, I’m not practicing.

“I’m aggravated with it. I’m kind of stressed about it. I mean an injury prolonged this long is aggravating. Hopefully, I can push through it and see how this week goes.”

There was some good news, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) was a full participant in practice along with G Doug Legursky (shoulder) and LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring), both practicing for the second straight day.

On the fun side, another college bowl game, another day of bragging rights for a Steelers linebacker. This time it was Mortty Ivy who was sporting a West Virginia sweatshirt and boasting about his Mountaineers victory over the Clemson Tigers at breakfast on Thursday morning.

But there was one player who wasn’t so happy with the Mountaineers 70-33 Orange Bowl win – receiver Tyler Grisham. Grisham went to Clemson and wasn’t too happy he had to wear a West Virginia t-shirt courtesy of Ivy.

“It’s pretty painful, mainly because I have to wear it for three days,” said Grisham. “It’s an hour spurt here and there. Actually the West Virginia emblem is a little small so I can hide it with my backpack or jacket or something. It’s not too bad. But I would have liked to have given him the Clemson shirt to wear.

“I would have given him an extra small to wear, which would have been worse. I am wearing a 3XL and I look like a little child.”

Jerricho Cotchery is a newcomer to the Steelers, but not to the post-season. As a matter of fact when he was with the New York Jets he lost to the Steelers twice in the post-season, including the AFC Championship game last year at Heinz Field.

During his Steelers Speak interview, where he opens up about a lot of topics and can be seen by clicking on Steelers Speak, I asked Cotchery if coming to Pittsburgh is a “if you can’t beat them, join them,” scenario.

“It may be a little of that,” laughed Cotchery. “I just know that these guys know what it takes to get to the Super Bowl and to win. There are a lot of veteran guys, veteran leadership. There are a lot of guys that got a lot of experience last year, even the young guys. There are guys that know what it takes to get there and win it. My rookie year was a bad experience coming here and the kicker missing two field goals. Last year was even tougher losing the AFC Championship game. I am happy to be here, I am happy to be with this team.”

Cotchery also talked about what makes the Steelers a special organization.

“It’s just a true family atmosphere. That is the thing I see,” said Cotchery. “Everyone looks after one another. There is no one that is bigger than the family. Every guy is approachable, you can speak to everyone. There are no egos. It’s just a true family atmosphere. It’s unique.”

To watch the complete interview and learn a lot more about Cotchery, click on Steelers Speak.

Injured running back Jonathan Dwyer was at the practice facility on Thursday and instead of wondering “what if” in regards to him getting more playing time if he were healthy, he instead was feeling bad for Rashard Mendenhall.

“I am sad about what happened to Rashard,” said Dwyer. “He was doing well. He has been healthy the majority of his career. I hope he heals as fast as he can so he can be the player he is. Hopefully the guys who are out there now take advantage of the opportunity.”

Former NFL safety John Lynch, who played for the Denver Broncos and also the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Mike Tomlin was the secondary coach there, was at the Steelers facility today interviewing Tomlin and linebackers James Farrior and James Harrison.

Lynch chatted with me for a bit about Tomlin (you can read what he said about Tomlin by clicking here), but he also talked about the atmosphere in Denver, where he still lives.

“There hasn’t been the excitement about being in the playoffs because more people are talking about them backing in,” said Lynch. “I was a part of a Denver Broncos team that watched a sixth seed Steelers team come in and beat us in our place. I think you get in that tournament and special things can happen. I wouldn’t count them out and being around these Steelers, I know they aren’t.”

Jerricho Cotchery getting ready for Steelers Speak interview.

Antonio Brown is surrounded by the media.

And then turns the tables as he does a weekly feature for Steelers Live @ 4. Brown interviews Ramon Foster, who holds a fake dog, as Brown has a fear of dogs.

Brown interviews Emmanuel Sanders….

…and then Sanders takes the mic.
The Steelers secondary was presented a cake for being the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL.

 Safety Ryan Clark took control of a camera before practice, taking pictures of Mike Wallace.

The finished product – Clark’s photo of Wallace

LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons before practice

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Ben, Pouncey have a “shot” this week

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 27, 2011 – 12:33 pm

Coach Mike Tomlin is not ready to rule out many players this week as the Steelers prepare to take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at 4:15 p.m., but two players not likely to play are running back Mewelde Moore and center/guard Doug Legursky.

“Some guys probably on the outside looking in from a health standpoint…Mewelde Moore continues to work his way back from his MCL sprain,” said Tomlin. “Doug Legursky is probably going to be a week away with his left shoulder. We’ll make the necessary adjustments there.

“All the other guys that have existing injuries or missed the last performance due to injury are in play as we sit here today.”

Among the players Tomlin said have a “shot” this week are center Maurkice Pouncey, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and linebacker LaMarr Woodley.

“Hopefully we get all of those guys back,” said Tomlin. “It’s our intention right now if the guys are healthy enough to practice and prepare, of course we will play them.”

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Pouncey out for Saturday

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 23, 2011 – 3:04 pm

Ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Rams are: CB Curtis Brown (knee), RB Mewelde Moore (knee), C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), and WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot).

Questionable are: LB Chris Carter (hamstring), QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle), LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)

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Steelers injury update

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 15, 2011 – 3:38 pm

As expected Ben Roethlisberger missed practice on Thursday with an ankle sprain. Also missing practice were: LB Chris Carter (hamstring), T Marcus Gilbert (illness), S Troy Polamalu (hamstring), C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), and WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot).

Two players were limited in practice – WR Arnaz Battle (hamstring) and CB Curtis Brown (knee

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Pouncey latest to leave the game

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 8, 2011 – 9:53 pm

Center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle)  is out of the game. His return is questionable. Doug Legursky is at center.

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LaMarr Woodley practices

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 30, 2011 – 4:04 pm

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley fully participated in practice on Wednesday, working toward getting back on the field.

“I’m getting there,” said Woodley. “I was out there practicing again today. I felt pretty good on it. We will wait and see throughout the week.

“It’s the most I have done. I felt good so we’ll have to see. Each day I am getting better. I am day-to-day.”

Woodley didn’t say where he was percentage-wise coming back from the hamstring injury, but that it did feel better than the day before.

“It’s improving every day,” said Woodley.

When asked if he felt optimistic about playing Sunday against the Bengals, he didn’t commit.

“We’ll see about that,” said Woodley. “Throughout the week hopefully I just get better and come close to Sunday we’ll see.”

S Troy Polamalu (head), C Maurkice Pouncey (illness), and LB Chris Carter (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. WR Arnaz Battle (hamstring), LB Larry Foote (hamstring) were limited in practice. LB Stevenson Sylvester (calf) fully participated in practice.

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Wallace among Pro Bowl top vote getters

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 16, 2011 – 7:24 pm

Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is ninth overall in Pro Bowl voting with 377,615 votes through Nov. 15. Wallace is second at his position in the AFC, behind New England’s Wes Welker.

Three Steelers players lead the voting in the AFC at their position, including center Maurkice Pouncey (142,930), linebacker LaMarr Woodley (203,794) and strong safety Troy Polamalu (92,630).

Fans can vote for the Steelers by clicking on Pro Bowl Ballot now through the conclusion of the Steelers game against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, Dec. 19.

Pro Bowl squads will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and the game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Signing benefits United Way

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 7, 2011 – 8:16 pm

Steelers Autograph Signing to Benefit the United Way

Steelers players, including Antonio Brown and Maurkice Pouncey, will sign autographs at Dick’s Sporting Goods at The Mall at Robinson on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7-9 p.m. to benefit the United Way of Allegheny County Impact Fund. Click on Steelers Signing for more details.

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