Steelers center Pouncey dealing with injury
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was limited in practice Thursday because of an elbow injury, raising questions at a position where the Steelers are already short-handed. Pouncey, who has already battled ankle and knee injuries this season, was a full participant in practice Wednesday.
Doug Legursky, the Steelers’ top backup at center, is already out for Sunday’s game in Arizona with a dislocated toe. Trai Essex, who can play every position along the offensive line, is the No. 3 center.
Pouncey said after practice Thursday that he is OK, but the Steelers are only one injury away from having to use their third option at center.
“There would be a drop-off but not a drastic one,” Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said when asked about Essex playing center. “He’s had a ton of work at it, so he’d be solid.”
> > Strong safety Troy Polamalu was a full participant in practice again Thursday. The 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year passed a concussion test earlier this week and is expected to play Sunday. Like Pouncey, running back Rashard Mendenhall appeared on Thursday’s injury list after practicing fully Wednesday. Mendenhall was limited by a knee injury. Wide receiver Mike Wallace (hamstring) and outside linebacker Jason Worilds (quadricep) were also limited.Worilds said he suffered a bruise from a collision in practice but added that he should be OK. He is expected to play Sunday.
> > Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith (foot) and outside linebacker James Harrison (eye) have not practiced this week. Cardinals tight end Todd Heap (hamstring) and safety Kerry Rhodes (foot) have yet to practice this week.