Posted September 08, 2013

Maurkice Pouncey suffers season-ending knee injury versus Titans

AFC North, Pittsburgh Steelers
Maurkice Pouncey has started all but three games for the Steelers over three years in the NFL.

Maurkice Pouncey has started all but three games for the Steelers over three years in the NFL. (Jeff Moffett/Icon SMI)

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ already suspect offensive line took a massive hit early Sunday when three-time Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey was carted off with what the Steelers called a right knee injury — one that looked extremely serious. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Pouncey was taken to a hospital for an MRI and was out for the game.

(Update: Bouchette later reported that Pouncey had suffered a torn ACL and torn MCL, injuries that will require surgery and end Pouncey’s season.)

Pouncey was blocking on a run play when teammate and right guard David DeCastro dove directly into his lower leg. What exactly DeCastro was doing is unclear. Pouncey had his man blocked up high, and had DeCastro made contact with the defender it would have resulted in a 15-yard chop-block penalty. That outcome would have been preferable for the Steelers to what actually occurred, with DeCastro going helmet first into Pittsburgh’s best offensive lineman. (See the full play below.)

Kelvin Beachum, a 2012 seventh-round pick, slid into Pouncey’s vacated center spot, leaving ex-Jaguar Guy Whimper as the lone backup offensive lineman left on the bench. Undrafted free agent Cody Wallace, who’s listed as the team’s backup center on the depth chart, was inactive for the game.

Pouncey was the Steelers’ first-round pick in the 2010 draft, at No. 18 overall. Since then, he’s started all but three games for Pittsburgh, earning those three Pro Bowl bids and a 2011 First-Team All-Pro nod

17 comments
TheBigStroonzo
TheBigStroonzo

OK, why isn't Rev Al Sharpy Sharpton looking into this blatant act of racism?

BenAnderson1
BenAnderson1

Chris, while I agree that DeCastro made a silly mistake, you obviously don't understand the rules as they apply to cut blocking. A player lined up next to the man engaged with the defender can cut that man legally, even when that defender is engaged with his linemate. While I find the practice unethical, it is legal and should be banned.

Philip10
Philip10

maybe Aaron Hernandez could wear a T- Shirt that says "Heal Maurkice" the next time he's in court.

Scramble
Scramble

If you can't hold em, chop em.

danieljludwig1
danieljludwig1

What the holy hell was DeCastro doing??!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! 

John4
John4

If Pouncey is out for the year, then the Steelers are looking at 7-9.  Maybe worse.  They are old and predictable.  Their deep threat now plays for the Dolphins.  The defense is one of the oldest I have ever seen.  7-9 looks like best case scenario.  Worse would not be a surprise.  Tomlin is played out, and doing nothing to help that team.  Also, any team with Haley as the OC (or whatever Assistant coach he is) is in trouble.  

Steelers7160
Steelers7160

Time for Tomlin and Haley to go. That was the most pathetic showing I have ever seen.

OK
OK

David DeCastro took out his own Aaron Hernandez Defending teammate!!!!

DeCastro's the finest Stanford product since Condi "Mushroom Cloud" Rice.

OK
OK

No problem.

Maurkice Pouncey can now devote his full energy to the criminal defense of his long-time friend and Gator associate, accused murder Aaron Hernandez.

Maurkice Pouncey has told the world that Hernandez is innocent. Now Maurkice Pouncey can show everyone he was right.

Live with the Accused Murdering Gator; Rip up the knee in the first regular season game.

Karma's a B Rhymes With Erin Andrews, ain't it, Maurkice?


Paul99
Paul99

Tomlin should go. Fumbles, penalties, special team mistakes, poor tackling, no discernible game plan, no backup offensive linemen. Why don't the O linemen wear knee braces for protection? The team is in shambles.

PavloDarcangellis
PavloDarcangellis

Seriously Haley screen passes down two scores in the 4th, fire Haley today, and trade Ike blown coverage Taylor.

brighat
brighat

@OK  The guy got what he deserved. His brother is next.

John4
John4

@Scramble  Very possible.  They are looking at a long year.  

OK
OK

@brighat

What the Pouncey brothers deserve is to have their ankles chained today and be dragged behind a Cigarette boat on the run from, say, Havana to Miami Beach.