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.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the news on Monday afternoon:
Dolphins Pro-Bowl C Mike Pouncey underwent hip surgery today and is expected to miss at least three months, per ESPN sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 23, 2014
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports adds more details to the injury:
Mike Pouncey's surgery was a labrum repair, source says, which fits with the rough timeline of a few months.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 23, 2014
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:
C Mike Pouncey not working fully. Seems to be sitting out team stuff. #Dolphins— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) June 17, 2014
DT Jared Odrick, C Mike Pouncey doing drills so far & lined up w/1st team. But just walking thru plays.— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) June 18, 2014
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:
With Dolphins C Mike Pouncey out at least three months after hip surgery, Miami's O-line will have five brand-new opening-day starters.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 23, 2014
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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