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Maurkice Pouncey taking nothing for granted in his return to football

Maurkice Pouncey is enjoying being back on the field.


“It was scary. I don’t want that on my worst enemy.” Those are the words Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey used when talking about his journey back to football. In a preseason game against Green Bay last August safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fell on the back of his leg, resulting in a broken fibula for Pouncey and the loss of the entire season. Now, after seven surgical procedures Pouncey is back on the practice field and ready to get back to work with his team-mates.
Pouncey had been placed on the short-term Injured Reserve after the injury, with the hope of being able to play against late in the season and in the playoffs, but several serious complications ended up forcing Pouncey to sit out the whole season. In October, while preparing for his return and running some drills Pouncey felt something that wasn’t right, and upon examination he was correct. The surgical wound didn’t close properly, resulting in a staph infection that required serious attention. The multiple surgeries and clean-outs, together with a skin graft, meant the aimed for November return came and went and Pouncey had to sit on the sidelines watching the offense he usually marshals turn into a juggernaut.
Now he’s back in the middle of the Steelers offensive line though, and while mini-camps are over Pouncey will be putting in serious training time while others are using the time to get away from football. His return to the Steelers offense only fuels the feeling that they will have the best one in the NFL this season, and after all he has been through to get back onto the field it’s hard to believe we won’t see the best of what has already been a good career in 2016.


Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

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Maurkice Pouncey taking nothing for granted in his return to football

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