- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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For starters, the twins missed out on a chance to play against each other for the first time due to injury. Maurkice Pouncey is out for the year following an ACL and MCL tear in his knee. The brothers were teammates in high school and at the University of Florida.
This is the first meeting between Miami and Pittsburgh since Mike Pouncey was drafted in 2011. But only one twin will be on the field.
"No question, you always want to see your brother playing," Mike said of Maurkice Friday. "I hate that he's going through what he's going through this year. But he's a tough dude."
This is a big game for both the Steelers (5-7) and Dolphins (6-6). Both teams are fighting for the final wild card in the AFC, and the head-to-head tiebreaker could be crucial down the stretch. But the competition aspect won't separate the Pounceys.
Mike and Maurkice will have family in Pittsburgh for the game, and they plan to have dinner Saturday night when the Dolphins arrive. In a bit of a strange twist, Mike also is bringing members of Miami's offensive line to Maurkice's home.
However, strategy on the game is off limits.
"He didn't give me any tips. He has a lot of loyalty to his football team and those guys," Mike Pouncey said. "So we just keep it to the basics, our friendship. He didn't give me any tips and I definitely didn't give him none."