1.13.2012

Steelers' Roethlisberger OK, Pouncey questionable

Pittsburgh (AP) - A sprained left ankle will not stop the quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers in the AFC wild card out Sunday game in Denver, but you can leave out from the center Maurkice Pouncey.

Pouncey is listed as questionable on the Steelers injury report and is unlikely to play after missing practice Thursday and Friday due to an increase of pain in his left ankle. Pro Bowl center, played in the regular season finale against Cleveland last week after missing two games, but complained of problems with the ankle in training on Wednesday.

Doug Legursky likely to start in place of Pouncey him as the Super Bowl last year, when down Pouncey ankle injury in the same. Legursky, who missed last week's game with Cleveland in the left shoulder injury, practiced among this week instead of Pouncey and started in the center against San Francisco and San Luis, when Pouncey could not play.

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Legursky has started three games this year right guard, left guard of five and two in the center.

"It's no different for me," he said. "I practice every week as if he could play several positions, so it's not a problem."

Roethlisberger practiced Friday and is listed as probable despite a sprained ankle that bothered him during the previous month. At first injured the ankle Dec. 8 in a win over Cleveland and then moved to St. Louis starting on Christmas Eve. The starts against the Browns last Sunday and suffered ankle acknowledged "setbacks" in the second half.

Two time winner of the Super Bowl limited in practice Wednesday, but a full go Thursday to Friday.

Linebacker James Harrison (finger) and LaMarr Woodley (hamstring strained left), defensive end Brett Keisel (groin), safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and met with Jonathan Scott (back) also appear as possible and is expected to play.

Cornerback Cortez Allen (left shoulder) and running back Mewelde Moore (right knee) out for the Broncos game. Rashard Mendenhall regular gone from the playoffs last week with a torn ACL right.

"It's part of football," said Legursky. "Every year, it is as long as you stay focused on what you have to do to do the job, it would not be a problem .."

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