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Sunday, January 23, 2011
Steelers lose Maurkice Pouncey early

By James Walker

PITTSBURGH -- The first injury of the AFC title game is a big one, as Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey suffered an ankle injury.

Pouncey had his leg rolled on from the back by Jets defensive lineman Bryan Thomas during a running play. Pouncey, Pittsburgh's first-round draft pick, immediately went to the ground in pain. He needed several minutes to get help off the field and was eventually rode a cart to the locker room.

The Steelers scored on the next play, which was a 1-yard touchdown run by tailback Rashard Mendenhall. But backup Doug Legursky likely will have to fill in for Pouncey for the remainder of the game.