DALLAS -- What had been the worst kept secrets of Super Bowl week became official this afternoon. Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey and defensive end Aaron Smith will not play in Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers.
Pouncey, a rookie who was injured in the first quarter of the AFC Championship Game 13 days ago, had been hoping to practice today and suit up for the game. But when Pouncey could not participate in practice, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that he would not dress for the game.
"He's out," Tomlin told Sports Illustrated's Peter King, the pool reporter for the Steelers this week.
Doug Legursky, a second-year pro, will take Pouncey's place on the line. Legursky finished the AFC Championship Game and has starting experience at guard.
Smith, who injured his triceps in an Oct. 24 game at Miami, was not placed on injured reserve in hopes of returning if the Steelers played in the Super Bowl.
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