Could the loss of Maurkice Pouncey cost the Steelers a Super Bowl?
In today's edition of Around the AFC North, we take a look at Maurkice Pouncey's injury, a proposed wrestling match between Marvin Lewis and Chad Ochocinco/Johnson, and Ed Reed may have received some closure regarding his brother.
How much of an impact will the sudden loss of Maurkice Pouncey in the Super Bowl have on the Steelers? Based on the tone of some of the Steelers' players, it doesn't look like Pouncey will be available for the Super Bowl:
"It's definitely a huge loss," Kemoeatu, the Steelers' left guard, said Wednesday. "We all know what Maurkice brings to the table. He's everything you'd want a center to be, he's everywhere on the field. We've just got to let that be motivation and go out there and ball out."
Taking Pouncey's place will likely be Doug Legursky. He filled in for Pouncey against the Jets last week, and while blocking didn't seem to be a huge issue, he and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had two bad exchanges, one of which resulted in a safety. Can they work out those issues over the next week and a half? If not, Green Bay's defensive playmakers will feast on the opportunity to recover a loose football.
As I read somewhere on Cincy Jungle, "this is exactly the type of thing Carson Palmer wants to get away from."
On Monday, Ochocinco posted the following message to his Twitter account (twitter.com/ochocinco), responding to Adam Schefter of ESPN: "Me and Marvin Lewis in a cage match, set it up, I've earned my stripes on my helmet it's time to fight then play"
As a result, Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling has offered to host Ochocinco vs. Lewis inside a Steel Cage at their annual "Lockdown" event on April 17, which will air live on Pay-Per-View!
If Ochocinco and Lewis agree to settle their differences, TNA Wrestling officials will work with their representatives to sanction the bout, as well as train both combatants in the weeks leading up to the match.
There is zero chance that something like this actually goes down.
You might remember that Ed Reed's brother went missing a couple of weeks ago after he jumped into the river while fleeing officers. It appears as though his body has been found. The veteran safety will not participate in this Sunday's Pro Bowl event:
While an autopsy scheduled for Jan. 27 will offer firmer evidence, "based on the identifying marks—tattoos—found on the body, we believe it is Reed," Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Department told the AFRO.