PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Steelers got what Mike Tomlin might call an above-the-line effort from their backup offensive linemen in a win at Cincinnati last Sunday, and now their most above-the-line lineman looks ready to rejoin the team.

Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, who missed their 24-17 victory over the Bengals due to an MCL sprain, told 93.7 The Fan’s Jeff Hathhorn he will return when the Washington Redskins visit Heinz Field for a 1:00 contest.

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“Most definitely,” Pouncey affirmed Wednesday on the South Side when asked if he expects to play. “I’m feeling pretty good. Hopefully I’ll take every rep in practice this week, and see how things turn out.”

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He said lateral movement without pain had been difficult to achieve after his leg was rolled over by fellow lineman Marcus Gilbert, and he explained to the Tribune-Review’s Mark Kaboly his absence last week was not necessarily planned.

“It didn’t feel all the way right on Friday with the drills we went through, so we just kind of just chilled out,” Pouncey said.

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Meanwhile, the Post-Gazette reports Gilbert will be out again this weekend on account of his ankle injury, joining safety Troy Polamalu as the other definite inactive for Sunday.