Pouncey is in surgery as we start show, per source.#Steelers— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 24, 2015
It is being reported Pittsburgh Steelers All Pro center Maurkice Pouncey underwent surgery on his broken ankle Monday. This report from ESPN Insider Chris Mortenson.
Pouncey injured his ankle in the Steelers 24-19 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field Sunday when Ha Ha Clinton-Dix rolled onto the Pro Bowler's ankle. The injury marks the just another major injury which has plagued his career.
He first injured his ankle in the 2010 AFC Championship game as a rookie and was forced to sit out Super Bowl 45. He later would have David DeCastro fall onto his leg in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans in 2013 which would end his season the same day it began, and now his current injury which could have the center eligible for the injured reserve / designated to return list.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting Pouncey would be a prime candidate for the short-term IR list as his injury could take up to 10 weeks to fully heal.
Maurkice Pouncey might be an ideal subject for the short-term injured reserve list, which is open to just one player per team. The rule stipulates that a player must be on IR for eight weeks. After six weeks, he can begin practicing but cannot play for eight weeks. He also must be on the final 53-man roster before he can go on IR. Pouncey's injury will keep him out at least that long and once the surgeon goes in there to most likely put a plate on his broken fibula, they may find it more complicated and it will take longer for him to heal and, if possible, return this season.