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Infection could cause Pouncey to miss the entire season

Maurkice Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert

AP

An infection and a second surgery on his injured ankle will probably force Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey to miss the entire season.

That report, via a tweet from Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, matches up with earlier reports that Pouncey had experienced complications and needed further surgery. Pouncey was injured in an Aug. 23 preseason game and had surgery soon after.

The Steelers placed Pouncey on injured reserve/designated for return at the end of the preseason and hoped to have him back in November. The earliest he’s eligible to return is Week 9.

The team signed veteran Doug Legursky following Pouncey’s injury but Cody Wallace has been playing center. The Steelers are 3-2 despite playing without Pouncey and for the last two games without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who’s going to miss at least one more game with a knee injury.

Pouncey, 26, is a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All Pro.