Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Injured Key Players May Make Steelers Chances Dim

Pittsburgh Steelers must be raring to go and make a mark in the championship, but their hopes got a setback because of the injury factor of some of the key players. Maurkice Pouncey, the All-Pro center missed the crucial encounter with AFC Wild Card Game that was held on Sunday. It was always doubtful weather Pouncey would be able to play the game or not. His presence was questionable because of his left ankle injury that kept him out of action for the whole week. On Friday, it was officially revealed that he would not be available for the game against the Denver Broncos.
Just like the scenario of the last year, the replacement of Pouncey will be made by Doug Legursky. Last year, during the event of Super Bowl, Legursky was opted as the replacement. Pittsburgh Steelers will hope that this replacement works for the team and create more prospect and room for flexibility in the future.
However, the injury woes seem not to let the Steelers in a comfortable situation. There are already a lot of factors that is causing worry in the camp. Apart from Pouncey, there are several other key players of the team who are not fit for the game, which makes the situation even worse for the team. Whether it is the offensive tackle Jamon Meredith, linebacker Mortty Ivy, Cornerback Cortez Allen, running back Mewelde Moore, or the quarterback Dennis Dixon, the Steelers are missing these players and it may prove to be problematic for the team.
The poor fitness condition of the team does not end here. They are also missing Ryan Clark who handles the ‘safety’ position because he has been kept out as a precaution due to blood disorder that is aggravated by altitude. The situation is not so different with another ‘running back’ Rashard Mendenhall who is not able to take part in the season because of knee injury.
It can be said that the Sunday's AFC Wild Card Game was an encounter between the two injury-affected team. If the above mentioned factors provide enough reason that why the Steelers are not being able to come put on full force, the situation of Denver Broncos was not that different either.
The fullback of Broncos, Spencer Larsen was out because of knee injury. He was doubtful for the last few days and finally ruled out. Other Broncos players who missed the action were Brian Dawkins, Mike Mohamed, Derrick Harvey and Ryan Harris.

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