Pouncey ruled out for Super Bowl XLV, Packers plan to attack Legursky with Raji?

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji blows kisses to fans after the NFC Championship game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on January 23, 2011. The Packers won 21-14. UPI/Brian Kersey

In news that won’t surprise even the most optimistic Pittsburgh fans, center Mauricke Pouncey has been ruled out for Super Bowl XLV. The rookie suffered a high ankle sprain against the Jets in the AFC title game and while the Steelers maintained for two weeks that Pouncey had a chance of playing, it was inevitable that he would be ruled out.

That means Doug Legursky will now start against the Packers, who employ a red-hot defensive line and a nose tackle in B.J. Raji that has dominated in the postseason. Legursky played well against New York two weeks ago, but he lacks the drive and strength that Pouncey gets in the running game.

According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, the Packers plan to test Legursky with Raji. To say that a defense will go after a backup isn’t each-shattering news, but it’s newsworthy nonetheless.

This is what Breer said via Twitter:

From what I hear, the Packers, no matter what they say, r ready to test/take advantage of Legursky. And they expect big things from BJ Raji.

Since losing to the Jets in Week 15 of the regular season, the Steelers have averaged over 30 points a game, despite having issues along the offensive line. Granted, they had Pouncey for all but three quarters of those games, but clearly Pittsburgh has been able to mask its biggest weakness.

So if the Packers want to test Legursky with a strong helping of Raji then: Game on.

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