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Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey Has ACL Tear, Done For The Season

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Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.
Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey suffered a knee injury early in the first quarter of the team’s season-opening game against the Tennessee Titans. Fellow offensive lineman, David Decastro, missed his intended target on a cut-block and dived right into Pouncey’s knee. Pouncey had to be carted off the field, and he was in visible pain after going to the ground.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that an official for the Steelers said that the injury is “not good” and that it’s a possible ACL injury for Pouncey. Pouncey was taken to the hospital for an MRI, and the Steelers can only hope that their Pro Bowl and All-Pro center’s injury isn’t as serious as it looks.

The loss of Pouncey would be devastating for an already shaky Steelers offensive line. If it’s an ACL tear, that would cost Pouncey the entire 2013 NFL season.

Kelvin Beachum took Pouncey’s place under center.

Update: Bouchette reported that Pouncey is going to miss the rest of the 2013 NFL season after tearing his ACL. He's set to have ACL and MCL surgery.