The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to play the majority of the year without one of their leaders on the offensive line.
According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Maurkice Pouncey is expected to miss 10 regular season games due to a broken fibula. The All-Pro lineman is likely to be placed on injured reserve with designation to return.
Pouncey suffered the injury in the Steelers third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. In that same game the Packers lost star wide receiver Jordan Nelson to a season ending knee injury.
If Pouncey is placed on IR with designation to return, he could be activated as early as week seven. However the likelihood of that is not very high.
Head coach Mike Tomlin will now turn to career journeyman Cody Wallace. The 29-year-old Wallace made two starts for the Steelers last year, and is listed behind Pouncey on the depth chart.
Pittsburgh opens the season against the New England Patriots on Thursday, Sept. 10.
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