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Tomlin Says No Second Surgery for Maurkice Pouncey

October 21, 2015
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Tomlin Says No Second Surgery for Maurkice Pouncey

Reports last week indicated that Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey developed an infection after having surgery to repair his broken fibula, creating a need for a second surgery that would keep Pouncey out for the entire season.

Coach Mike Tomlin addressed Pouncey’s status while meeting with the media on Tuesday and said that Pouncey has not had a second operation on his leg.

Pouncey is on injured reserve with the designation to return and Tomlin said that he expects the center to return to the lineup this season, although he didn’t have much more information to share about Pouncey’s recovery schedule.

“I am [expecting Pouncey to return], but I haven’t checked on his availability or his status this week, I just hadn’t done it yet,” Tomlin said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Kaboly reports Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert said last week that Pouncey was going to North Carolina for another medical opinion. The expectation was that Pouncey could miss 10 games when he was initially placed on injured reserve and he will need to miss at least eight weeks on the list before he’s eligible to play in a game.

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