Maurkice Pouncey reveals details on knee injury and road to recovery
Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey—like his team—had an up-and-down 2019 season. This especially after the quarterback he’s been paid to protect for so many years, Ben Roethlisberger, was lost to a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2.
Pouncey—the second-longest tenured Steeler, after Roethlisberger—was suspended for two games for defending Mason Rudolph. Then he subsequently suffered a knee injury in Week 16 that ended his season. Pittsburgh won eight games in 2019—tied for their fewest since Pouncey was drafted in 2010.
Pittsburgh’s Pro Bowl center revealed new details about his knee injury when chatting with reporters on Thursday morning. Pouncey said he tore his meniscus, but was advised by Steelers staff to forego offseason surgery in favor of rehab. Fortunately, things seem to have gone well.
Pouncey also said he plans to keep playing as long as he's having fun. He said the younger guys have brought some energy to the room. "Every day I come in and I enjoy it."
— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) September 3, 2020
Pouncey has dealt with injuries throughout his accomplished career. He missed Super Bowl XLV as a rookie with an ankle injury, then nearly the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL and MCL. He also missed the 2015 seafter breaking his fibula in the preseason game (2013 and 2015 were the only two seasons in which he hasn’t made the Pro Bowl).
Ahead of the 2020 campaign, Pouncey is looking to bounce back, along with his quarterback. And he has no plans of hanging up the cleats anytime soon—especially if Roethlisberger is still around.
“Every day I come in and I enjoy it,” he said about continuing to play the game.
Pittsburgh will be heavily dependent on having the fully recovered 31-year old to hold down the fort on the line. The team lost B.J. Finney in free agency, though they did add veteran Stefen Wisniewski to provide some insurance.