Pouncey was injured in the first quarter of Pittsburgh’s 24-19 victory over in the A.F.C. championship game Sunday. He was helped off the field after Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas was pushed back into his leg. He did not return.
The Steelers will seek their seventh Super Bowl title when they meet the in Dallas on Feb. 6.
Doug Legursky replaced Pouncey, a rookie who started every game this season. Legursky played well except for a bad exchange with that led to a safety.
IDENTIFYING REED’S BROTHER A body pulled from the Mississippi River has been tentatively identified as the brother of safety Ed Reed, authorities said at a news conference attended by Reed.
St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said tattoos on the body recovered late Tuesday appear to match those belonging to Brian Reed, 28, who jumped into the river after an encounter with a sheriff’s deputy. An autopsy was planned for Thursday.
Brian Reed is survived by a 2-year-old son.
“He was a loving kid,” Ed Reed said. “He had a son who he cherished and loved. That was his reason for living.”
PHOTO TO SHOW ALL PACKERS Linebacker Nick Barnett, tight end Jermichael Finley and the rest of the Green Bay Packers’ injured players will be in the team’s Super Bowl photo after all.
A team spokesman said the much-discussed photo had been scheduled for next Friday, a timeline that would allow injured players to take part.
The photo originally was expected to happen at the Super Bowl media day next Tuesday, causing Barnett and Finley to express disappointment through their accounts that they were not going to be included. Injured players are not scheduled to join the team in the Dallas area until next Thursday and will be on the sideline during the game against Pittsburgh at Stadium.
The Packers list 16 players on injured reserve.
CONTINUE OVERHAUL The Miami Dolphins have completed a shake-up of their offensive coaching staff with several moves, including the hiring of the former Giants receiver as assistant wide receivers coach.
Karl Dorrell is moving from receivers coach to quarterbacks coach, and the former offensive quality control coach Steve Bush is now the receivers coach. Coach Tony Sparano also hired his son, Tony Jr., as offensive quality control coach, the team announced Wednesday.
The former assistant special-teams coach Darren Rizzi was promoted to special-teams coordinator.
RODGERS SAYS NO CONCUSSION Aaron Rodgers said he did not sustain a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from lineman Julius Peppers in Sunday’s N.F.C. championship game victory.
“Not too much to talk about,” Rodgers said. “I didn’t have a concussion. I want to dispel that rumor. No concussion. I was fine.”
Rodgers also defended Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, whose toughness was questioned after he left the championship game with a knee injury. Rodgers called the criticism “disrespectful.”
“To attack a guy’s toughness, when you’re not playing in the game especially, I thought was very inappropriate,” Rodgers said.
OBAMA PRAISES A RIVALRY Crushed when the Green Bay Packers defeated his beloved Chicago Bears to win the N.F.C. championship, President predicted that his team would even the score next year.
“Sunday was a tough day for Bears fans,” he said at a Wisconsin energy company before giving a speech on the economy. “But even if it didn’t go the way that I wanted, I’m glad to see that one of the greatest rivalries in sports is still there.
“And we will get you next year; I’m just letting you know,” he said.