Pouncey's Tired of Tebow Talk

Jim Wexell has several stories from the South Side in today's Steelers Notebook.

PITTSBURGH – Maurkice Pouncey looked over the horde of reporters waiting for him at his locker and issued a warning:

"I'm not going to sit here and answer fifteen hundred Tebow questions," said the man who used to snap the ball to Tim Tebow at the University of Florida.

A radio man asked Pouncey if he could provide a 15-second sound bite about Tebow, and Pouncey said: "We went to the national championship. He played good. We won at the end. He was the MVP of the game."

"That was only 12 seconds," the radio man said.

"Well, he has a brother," said Pouncey, who then answered a series of Tebow questions with terse answers. He even credited the Broncos' defense with the team's success.

"That's the only reason they're winning," Pouncey said.

Later, while sitting alone at his locker, Pouncey was asked if he had any stories about Tebow taking command of the Florida huddle. Pouncey's reply was surprising.

"You think Tebow would cuss us out and us not do anything? Come on, man," he said. "Man, we blocked for him. He knew what time it was. Everybody – besides the media – knew what time it was, knew who really ran that team. But y'all can say it was Tebow. I'm fine with that. I've got a national championship."


Pouncey reported that his sprained ankle is "getting better day by day but it ain't 100 percent, and I don't think it will be by the time this season ends."

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was even less enthusiastic about his sprained ankle. He said he hurt it again Sunday in Cleveland.

"I had a little setback early in the third quarter so we're working really hard right now with the trainers and doctors to get back to even where we were before the Cleveland game," Roethlisberger said. "I felt pretty good going in, moved a little bit at the beginning of that game, but a little setback."

Roethlisberger added that "we got set back about a week."

He was limited at Wednesday's practice, as was Pouncey.

Missing the practice were CB Cortez Allen (shoulder), OLB James Harrison (toe), DE Brett Keisel (groin), RB Mewelde Moore (knee) and S Troy Polamalu (calf).

Polamalu has been listed on the injury report the previous two weeks with hamstring and then knee injuries. Yesterday he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.


Steelers coaches haven't said anything to running back Isaac Redman about Redman's two fumbles Sunday in Cleveland, because "they understand it's not been an ongoing problem with me."

But Redman remembers a time at Paulsboro (N.J.) High when he had to carry a ball around all day as punishment.

"I fumbled once in high school and my coach made me do that," Redman said. "He made me walk around with it in school and have a pass so teachers wouldn't it take it from me."

Did it work?

"I don't know. I don't know what it really was supposed to do. I barely had it in my hands when it was sitting on the desk in class."


The Steelers placed rookie outside linebacker Chris Carter on injured reserve and replaced him on the roster with RB Chad Spann, a 5-8, 202-pounder who led the nation with 22 rushing touchdowns while at Northern Illinois in 2010.

Undrafted last April, Spann spent time on the Indianapolis and Tampa Bay practice squads before the Steelers signed him to their practice squad on Dec. 12.

To replace Spann on the practice squad, the Steelers signed RB Albert Young, a 5-10, 209-pounder from the University of Iowa who has rushed for 82 yards in stints with Minnesota and Jacksonville.

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