Mike Pouncey Injury: Updates on Dolphins Center's Recovery from Hip Surgery

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJune 23, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, Oct. 12

The Dolphins announced Mike Pouncey will play in Week 6:

Updates from Monday, Oct. 6

Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post passed along comments from Mike Pouncey on his status:

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 28

The Dolphins announced Mike Pouncey's status for Week 4:

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 23

James Walker of ESPN reported on Mike Pouncey's status:

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 16

James Walker of ESPN reported on Mike Pouncey from Dolphins practice:

Armando Salguerro of the Miami Herald provides comments from Pouncey:

Salguerro has more on Pouncey's status:

This does not mean Pouncey will play Sunday against Kansas City, as I reported on this blog Monday night. Samson Satele is still expected to start against the Chiefs. But this step is encouraging and could mean Pouncey is back to playing against Oakland when the Dolphins travel to London for that Sept. 28 game.

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Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14

The Dolphins confirm Mike Pouncey is inactive for Week 2:

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7

The Dolphins confirmed Mike Pouncey is inactive for Week 1:

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2

Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post talked to Mike Pouncey about his health:


Updates from Saturday, Aug. 30

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport provides an update on Mike Pouncey's status:

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports on the possibility that Pouncey could start the season on the PUP list:

The Dolphins are encouraged by his progress from hip surgery, even though he hasn’t been cleared for practice. Though a person involved cautioned that no decision has been made, the Dolphins now are at least strongly considering not putting him on PUP with the hope he can play in late September. Remember, he is not allowed to practice with the team if he's on PUP.

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Pouncey is at practice today:

Omar Kelly of the Orlando Sun Sentinel has the latest news on Pouncey's recovery:

Mike Pouncey missed Monday's practice because he was having his surgically repaired hip re-evaluated by specialists.

According to league sources Pouncey was in New York hoping to receive the medical clearance he needs to begin practicing with his teammates. The outcome of his evaluation wasn't known, but sources say they were "favorable."

Updates from Monday, Aug. 18

Mike Pouncey spoke about his recovery and eventual return to the Dolphins (via Chris Perkins of the Sun Sentinel):

“I’m just praying that they don’t put me on PUP,” Pouncey said after practice Monday. “I’ve been thinking I’m ahead of schedule, I feel really good. I just can’t wait until they really just let me loose.”

 Pouncey, however, didn’t sound 100 percent confident when asked if he’d be ready to play by the Sept. 7 opener against New England.

 “I don’t know, we’ll see,” he said.

Updates from Friday, Aug. 15

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has the latest on Pouncey:

Pouncey said his recovery has gone as well as can be expected. Privately, Dolphins officials also are encouraged by his progress.

“I’m going to keep doing my rehab and letting it get stronger each week and just waiting for the coaches to tell me when to play,” he said.

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post provides a synopsis of Mike Pouncey discussing his recovery:

Updates from Wednesday, July 23

Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald has discouraging news regarding the recovery of Mike Pouncey: 

Starting center Mike Pouncey will begin camp on the physically unable to perform list. He needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip last month and is expected to miss the start of the season. Though the best-case scenario is he’ll be back in late September, there is now concern he could be shelved for the first half of the season.

A source familiar with the center’s surgery and recovery says it’s likely he will miss four months (from the time of surgery June 23). That would carry the rehab process through September and into late October.

“Eight weeks is probably what we’re looking at,” the source said Wednesday.

Original Text

Miami Dolphins Pro-Bowl center Mike Pouncey underwent surgery for a hip injury on Monday and is expected to miss the entire NFL offseason due to the recovery.   

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the news on Monday afternoon:

Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports adds more details to the injury:

No news on an injury for Pouncey had been announced before this announcement, but he was seen sitting out of team activities earlier in the offseason. Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel noted Pouncey's involvement with the team last week:

The injury for Pouncey adds to the issues for the Dolphins since last season. After losing Jonathan Martin due to a bullying scandal last season which saw Richie Incognito leave the team, the Dolphins had to reshuffle their offensive line with Pouncey still solid at the center position.

Pouncey was not suspended after it was revealed that he was involved in the scandal. The center spoke about his thoughts on the situation, per James Walker of ESPN.com, commenting on the psychological testing the league required him to undergo:

I have no clue [about a date], but I don't think I need that. So I have no clue. [...]

I don't have any thought on [a possible suspension]. That's not up to me right now. I'm just waiting to hear. ... I'm not here to be a distraction.

Schefter also noted where the injury leaves Miami's offensive line heading into the regular season:

Fortunately for the Dolphins, they did draft Ja'Wuan James in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, who will likely fill in at the right guard position. Along with James, fellow rookie Billy Turner is also competing for a starting position.

According to CBS Sports' current Dolphins depth chart, Sam Brenner looks like the candidate to fill in for Pouncey at center. The 24-year-old from Utah has two years of NFL experience, starting four games last season and appearing in seven.

Needless to say, the Dolphins could be really young next season on the O-line. After Ryan Tannehill was sacked a league-leading 58 times last season, there will be plenty of pressure on the young players.

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