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Friday, February 4, 2011
Pouncey and Smith both ruled out

By James Walker

FORT WORTH, Texas -- There are no more guessing games this week. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin ruled out Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey and defensive end Aaron Smith Friday for Super Bowl XL.

Pouncey said during the week there was a "75-percent chance" of him playing against the Green Bay Packers. Either that was Super Bowl gamesmanship from the Steelers or youthful exuberance on Pouncey's part. Smith tried to return following triceps surgery but couldn't do it. He now has the entire offseason to work his way back.

Backup center Doug Legursky will fill in for Pouncey, and Ziggy Hood will play defensive end for the Steelers. Legursky will have a tough time trying to contain Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji.