Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review
Thursday’s takes from the Steelers locker room in preparation for Sunday’s game against Washington
• Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has changed his mind and will not wear a knee brace on his sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee when the Steelers play the Redskins Sunday. Instead, Pouncey will simply tape the injured knee to provide support. Pouncey told me that the custom-made knee brace was too restrictive and that he needs to be mobile in order to be effective. He felt that knee brace provided more harm than good. Pouncey also said that he isn’t worried about a possible re-injuring of the knee because of the knee brace.
• Kicker Shaun Suisham missed practice for the second consecutive day with a sore left ankle. The Steelers haven’t brought a kicker in to look at meaning they are confident that Suisham will be ready for Sunday’s game.
• Sitting out of practice Thursday were Marcus Gilbert (ankle), Troy Polamalu (ankle), Brandon Johnson and Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles). Isaac Redman was limited while Jason Worilds and Jonathan Dwyer practiced fully.
• The best comment of the day came from defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau when informed he is 13-1 against rookie quarterbacks since his return to the Steelers in 2004. “The only comment I have on that is I hope I am 14-1 on Monday,” LeBeau quipped.
• LeBeau said that linebacker James Harrison is getting better every week. “James is never bad. He missed a lot of football and all coaching sessions and all training camp. You can see him getting stronger every day.”