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Steelers' All-Pro Center Maurkice Pouncey Tells ESPN He Had 7 Surgeries Last Year

The 2015 season turned out to be a pretty scary one for Steelers' offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey. 

Pittsburgh's All-Pro center broke his left fibula in the preseason when Green Bay Packers' safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix fell on his leg. Pouncey's surgical wound then didn't heal properly, resulting in a staph infection. The former Florida Gator had to miss the whole season. 

The 26-year-old four-time Pro Bowler tells ESPN that he had to have six surgeries and a skin graft on his leg. 

"It was scary," Pouncey said. "I don't want that on my worst enemy."

Pouncey had to sleep with a PICC line for medicine two different times and also had an E.coli infection in his leg at one point.

Pouncey said he underwent multiple surgeries along with a few "clean-outs," plus the graft, equaling seven procedures total.

He also made two visits to Dr. Robert Anderson's clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina. Anderson is a renowned foot and ankle specialist and essentially served as a second opinion. Pouncey went to Anderson's clinic because he's considered the best in that field. "I can't play around with my career," Pouncey said.

Pouncey doesn't blame anyone for what happened, pointing out "we all took the heat for it" and knows the injury was complicated.

Thankfully, Pouncey is healthy now and fully participated in the Steelers' offseason workouts.

Pittsburgh opens training camp in late July and begins its 2016 season on ESPN's Monday Night Football Sept. 12 vs. Washington. 

[ESPN]