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Maurkice Pouncey Reveals 2019 Injury Was Meniscus Tear



Center Maurkice Pouncey missed the end of the Steelers’ 2019 season with a knee injury suffered in the team’s Week 16 loss to the New York Jets.

On Thursday, Pouncey revealed the nature of that injury as a torn meniscus and said that the took medical advice against a surgery, instead rehabbing his knee over the offseason.

“I could have gotten surgery, but they wanted me to rehab it and see how things played out with it,” Pouncey said. “Being an older player, that is kind of like your lubrication for your joints. I think it was a smarter decision just to rehab it throughout the offseason. I had a lot of time to work and get myself strong in that area. I kind of got lucky with the aspect of it not being a lingering issue, so hopefully it stays that way throughout the season. We will see how things turn out.”

Pouncey missed some time at the beginning of Steelers training camp due to a death in his family, but has otherwise been a full participant in the action at Heinz Field.

The veteran center is 31 years old and is entering his 11th season in the NFL, and has had several majors injuries over his career. He tore his right ACL and MCL in the 2013 season opener and missed the rest of that season. He suffered a broken fibula in a preseason game in 2015 that caused him to miss that entire year.

But the combination of age and injuries does not have Pouncey thinking too strongly about hanging up his cleats just yet. He has two seasons remaining on his contract, and did not commit to an end date to his reign as the Steelers center.

“I just think for me personally, it is all about having fun and enjoying it,” Pouncey said. “For me, contract is not an issue, years in the league is not an issue. I think for me, it’s just everyday I’m coming in and I’m enjoying it still. I think that the fact that the guys that we are bringing up, we have a good young group. The guys are still motivated, and I feel like I can still do it at a very high level. Until somebody proves me otherwise, then I will be playing.”

Steelers Gameday

Alex Highsmith Needs MRI after Ankle Injury Suffered vs. Browns



PITTSBURGH — Steelers rookie linebacker Alex Highsmith suffered an ankle injury that will require an MRI in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Highsmith left the game in the first half and was seen limping on the Pittsburgh sideline. He made an attempt to return to the game, but was unable to continue playing and did not see the field at all in the second half.

In-game, the Steelers announced that Highsmith was doubtful to return with an ankle injury. After the fact, head coach Mike Tomlin said that Highsmith suffered a high ankle sprain. Highsmith’s father posted on Twitter early on Monday morning that Highsmith will require an MRI on his injured ankle.

Given that Highsmith was able to walk and even run in short bursts after the injury, it does not seem likely that it will impact his offseason training plans.

The team’s third-round draft pick out of Charlotte, Highsmith was thrust into a starting role after starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree suffered  an ACL injury that required surgery.

On the season, Highsmith played in 16 regular season game and made five starts. He finished with 48 tackles, five for a loss, six quarterback hits, one interception and one pass defended.

With Dupree set to become an unrestricted free agent and unlikely to return, Highsmith should be expected to retain his starting role in 2021.

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Steelers Gameday

Steelers OLB Alex Highsmith Leaves Game with Ankle Injury, Doubtful to Return



PITTSBURGH — Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith has left the team’s Wild Card Round playoff game against the Cleveland Browns with an ankle injury and is doubtful to return, the team announced.

Highsmith suffered the injury in the first half and attempted to return to play, but was unable to continue.

He was replaced on the field by a combination of third-year backup Ola Adeniyi and Cassius Marsh, who was signed from the Indianapolis practice squad in December.

Highsmith had been replacing starter Bud Dupree, who was lost for the season to an ACL injury.

In the regular season, Highsmith appeared in all 16 games and made five starts. He had two sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception and one pass defended.

The rookie out of Charlotte was the Steelers’ third-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Steelers Injury Updates

Steelers Injury Updates: JuJu Smith-Schuster Practiced Fully Friday, Chris Boswell Limited



The Pittsburgh Steelers are relatively healthy entering their opening round playoff matchup with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, as only kicker Chris Boswell was listed on the team’s injury report as being less than a full participant in practice on Friday.

Boswell was limited on Friday as he continues to recover from the groin injury that has forced him to miss the last two games. He was also limited on Wednesday, but was a full participant during Thursday’s session.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) returned to the practice field Friday after sitting out on Thursday. He had practiced fully on Wednesday as well, but was newly added yesterday.

Defensive end Isaiah Buggs (illness) was also added to the injury report Thursday, but was a full participant on Friday.

Safety Terrell Edmunds (shoulder), cornerback Steven Nelson (knee), nose tackle Tyson Alualu (ankle) and linebacker Vince Williams (quad) were all full participants during Friday’s practice session as well, positioning the Steelers to be healthy heading into Sunday’s playoff game against the Browns.

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