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Steelers Pro Bowl center Pouncey leaves game with ankle injury

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey (53) in action against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Steelers 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey (53) in action against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Steelers 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey left Sunday's preseason game against Green Bay in the first quarter with a left ankle injury.

The four-time Pro Bowler was blocking in front of running back Le'Veon Bell when Packers cornerback Ha Ha Clinton-Dix rolled onto Pouncey's leg while making a tackle. Pouncey lay on the Heinz Field turf for several minutes before walking off under his own power. He was examined on the sideline before being taken to the locker room for X-rays.

Pouncey missed almost the entire 2013 season after tearing multiple ligaments in his right knee during the opener against Tennessee.

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