In news that shouldn’t be much of a surprise at this point, center Maurkice Pouncey and defensive end Aaron Smith have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Green Bay. That means Doug Legursky gets the start at center. As Mike Tomlin would say, “the standard is the standard.” Hey, they’ve been doing it all season, what’s one more game?
You’re probably wondering how that will work for the Steelers offense going up against the mountain of a man that is Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji, and JJ has an excellent look at that matchup over at FanHouse. If the Packers set their defense up the same way they have in the first three playoff games, Legursky may not have to deal with him as much as previously thought.
As for Aaron Smith, well, that simply stinks that he can’t go, especially since they kept him on the active roster all year. I don’t fault the Steelers for hoping he could go, and in all honesty, I’d rather see him be ruled out on Friday as opposed to taking up a spot on the 45, and then realizing he can’t go after the first or second play. So there’s that.