It sounds like the Steelers are going to be shorthanded when taking on one of the league's best defenses in the Super Bowl.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers rookie center Maurkice Pouncey will miss Super Bowl XLV against the Packers with what seems to be an ankle injury. That's according to teammate Chris Kemoeatu.

"We are definitely sad that he won't be able to be with us in the Super Bowl," Kemoeatu told the paper following the team's practice on Wednesday. "Definitely I feel bad for him. We just have to win it for him."

Pouncey, a rookie out of Florida, left Sunday's AFC Championship against the Jets with what was initially diagnosed as a high ankle sprain.

The Pro Bowler has played an integral part on the Pittsburgh offensive line for the entire season, and if the reports are true, his absence could be a crushing blow to the Steelers.