Maurkice Pouncey is hoping 2016 will be his comeback year. He has nowhere to go but up after a nightmare 2015. Pouncey underwent six surgeries on the broken bone plus a skin graft after he contracted a staph infection because the surgical wound would not close properly.
Pouncey missed all of last season after Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fell on the back of his leg during a preseason game in Pittsburgh. The Steelers expected Pouncey to return during the regular season, but a staph infection that occurred when the surgery wound refused to close properly slowed down his progress.
“It was scary,” Pouncey said. “I don’t want that on my worst enemy.”
The Steelers had placed Pouncey on short-term injured reserve with the hope of getting back for the season’s second half. But behind the scenes, Pouncey was in the fight of his life. Pouncey slept while connected to a PICC line for medicine. He also fought off an E. coli infection. Surgery after surgery failed to fix the issue.
After undergoing the surgeries, Pouncey has been a full participant in off-season workouts and plans to be ready for the 2016 season.
“We had to figure out the best plan possible to get it right,” Pouncey said, per Fowler. “No one really had that many infections like that [around here] … I blame no one. We’re all professionals. I respect this organization for everything they did to get me through this.”