The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey early during the first game of the season after a collision with his own teammate. In what was unfortunately a Week 1 sort of accident, fellow lineman David DeCastro made an attempt to cut-block a Titans defender. He missed his intended target and instead rolled directly into the back of Pouncey’s knee.
Pouncey was carted off the field, and now the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (via NFL.com) is reporting that the team may be fearing the worst. One Steelers‘ official told Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette that Pouncey was “not good.” Even worse, Bouchette is reporting that a torn ACL is not out of the realm of possibility.
He is undergoing an MRI as of writing. Kelvin Beachum was a seventh-round pick last year. He replaced Pouncey against Tennessee at center on Sunday.
*UPDATE* 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8
According to a report from Scott Brown of ESPN, Pouncey suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. He will undergo surgery immediately. There is no timetable for his return yet.