Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey missed practice Wednesday with a left ankle injury, and his status is uncertain for the Super Bowl.
Pouncey was injured in Pittsburgh’s 24-19 victory over the New York Jets in the AFC championship game Sunday. He left the game after Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas got pushed into his leg.
The Steelers meet the Green Bay Packers in Dallas on Feb. 6.
Doug Legursky replaced Pouncey, a rookie who started every game this season. Legursky played well except for a bad exchange with Ben Roethlisberger that led to a safety.
RODGERS: CUTLER TALK ‘DISRESPECTFUL’
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wanted to make a couple of points. First, he said he didn’t sustain a concussion after taking a hit in Sunday’s NFC championship game and his sore shoulder is doing fine. Second, he expressed dismay about people questioning the toughness of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
That kind of talk is “very inappropriate” and “disrespectful,” Rodgers said Wednesday.
“I was real disappointed, to be honest with you,” Rodgers said. “I’ve known Jay for a few years now and know what kind of competitor he is. I thought it was disrespectful, some of the stuff said about him.”
Cutler was criticized by current and former players, fans and media members after leaving Sunday’s NFC championship game with a knee injury.
In a memo to his staff, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he will cut his $10 million salary to $1 if there is a work stoppage after the collective bargaining agreement expires in March. A body pulled from the Mississippi River a few miles Northwest of New Orleans was tentatively identified as Brian Reed, 28, the brother of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed. Authorities say Brian Reed jumped into the river after an encounter with a sheriff’s deputy on Jan. 7. Linebacker Nick Barnett, tight end Jermichael Finley and the rest of the 16 Packers on injured reserve will be in the team’s Super Bowl photo after all. A team spokesman said the photo has been scheduled for Feb. 4, allow ing the injured players to take part.