|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL With the Super Bowl less than two weeks away, speculation continues to rise over which injured players will come back, which ones will sit out the big game, and which ones are questionable.
Everyone is just watching the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers practice, attempting to get some inside information on which team will be more healthy once the Super Bowl is actually played.
To start with, Steelers Marukice Pouncey is questionable for playing in the Super Bowl. The Pro Bowl center missed practice on Wednesday due to injuring his ankle. While his status is uncertain right now, he is wearing a medical boot and teammate Chris Kemoeatu has stated that the Steelers will have to find a way to win without Pouncey. There has been official word from the team on Pouncey, though.
Pouncey himself has not ruled out playing in the Super Bowl, but has not indicated on way or the other about his status. He was injured in the first quarter of the Steelers game against the Jets, a game which Pittsburgh would go on to win without the center. Pouncey has had a similar injury to his other ankle, so it is very uncertain whether he will be able to recover in time.
Defensive end Aaron Smith is also not expected to play in the Super Bowl against the Packers. He has been injured since late October. The Steelers have not placed Smith on their injured reserve list in the hopes that he may recover in time. Smith injured his triceps earlier in the season, and may be missing one of his last chances to play in a Super Bowl game.
The loss of Aaron Smith is not so devastating to the Steelers chances of success, however, as the team has been playing without him for the past few months and have done well in the postseason. Losing Pouncey may be a more difficult pill to swallow, however, as he had been a part of the defensive line up to the division championship game. While Pittsburgh went on to beat the Jets without Pouncey, can they do the same against Green Bay?