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Time running out on Steelers' Pouncey

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who is trying to recover from a high ankle sprain, did not attend the team's first practice Wednesday at the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility at TCU.

He suffered the injury in the AFC title game 10 days ago.

Pouncey, who has been walking with a protective boot on his right ankle, did not have the boot on during the team's media availability Wednesday.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Pouncey was inside the TCU trainers room rehabbing during practice.

Pouncey is holding out hope that he can play against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

If he can't practice by Friday, it is doubtful he will be able to play on Sunday, and Doug Legursky will start.

The team worked inside because of an ice storm and a wind-chill of 4 degrees.

Defensive end Aaron Smith (torn triceps) was limited in practice.

A different mouthpiece

As quiet as a church and so soft-spoken he can at times sound inaudible, Steelers linebacker James Farrior doesn't exactly fit the profile of vocal team leader type.

And he is the last player who has the type of personality to fill the vocal void left by former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter.

But in his 14th season, and an original draft pick of Bill Parcells with the New York Jets, Farrior has found himself as his team's voice.

Mike Tomlin expressed his gratitude to a player who at 36 is nearing the end of his career, but offers so much at such a high volume.

Before games, it is Farrior who is the one screaming, yelling and trying to verbally "pump up" his team.

"It's something that I do on the fly and its something that comes from the heart. I don't prepare for it," Farrior said. "It's tough [to be original]. I figure if I do it off the top of my head, I really don't remember what I said the week before."

Farrior fell into this role after Porter, easily one of the most verbose and most quotable players in the NFL in recent memory, left for Miami after the 2006 season.

"After he left I got anointed to be the one; my teammates gave it to me," Farrior said. "Nobody wanted to do it, so it was like, 'You gotta do it.'"

Tough-minded Suisham

Dallas Cowboys fans have likely forgotten, but there was a time when Shaun Suisham kicked for their team.

It was first in 2005, and '06, when then coach Bill Parcells was trying to find anyone who could consistently make field goals for his team and gave Suisham his first try in the NFL.

Between those two seasons, Suisham was 4 of 6 on field goals but never did earn the trust of Parcells. He returned late in 2009 and made 2 of 3 kicks.

"I appreciated the opportunity; they gave me my first opportunity," Suisham said. "I think I'm pretty good at what I do."

He now finds himself on the Steelers, his fourth NFL team, and in his first Super Bowl. He replaced Jeff Reed, who was cut earlier this season. Suisham was 14 of 15 on field goals as a Steeler.

"I'm very comfortable in my position," Suisham said. "Am I fragile? No."

Mac Engel, 817-390-7760

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