Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 16
James Walker of ESPN reported on Mike Pouncey from Dolphins practice:
#Dolphins C Mike Pouncey says he did everything and was a full participant in practice today.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) September 16, 2014
Armando Salguerro of the Miami Herald provides comments from Pouncey:
Mike Pouncey said "I feel like I could play," versus Kansas City, "but it's not my decision."— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) September 16, 2014
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.
Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14
The Dolphins confirm Mike Pouncey is inactive for Week 2:
Today's Inactives: 51- Mike Pouncey 55- Koa Misi 57- Jordan Tripp 72- Bruce Gaston 74- Jason Fox 77- Billy Turner 78- Terrence Fede— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 14, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7
The Dolphins confirmed Mike Pouncey is inactive for Week 1:
Today's Inactives: 51 - Pouncey 52 - Wheeler 57 - Tripp 72 - Gaston 74 - Fox 77 - Turner 78 - Fede #NEvsMIA— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 7, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2
Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post talked to Mike Pouncey about his health:
Pouncey said he has no idea when he'll be cleared to return but "I feel right now that I could play."— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) September 2, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 30
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport provides an update on Mike Pouncey's status:
Big news for #Dolphins: C Mike Pouncey is not on PUP list, which is what he wanted. Still will be several weeks before he’s active.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2014
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:
All present at #Dolphins practice. C Mike Pouncey here in sweat pants. Doesn't appear he'll be active. We'll see.— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) August 26, 2014
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:
Mike Pouncey on whether he has any shot to return early: I'm feeling good. It's up to the trainers. I don't want to be on PUP. We'll see.— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) August 14, 2014
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.
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:
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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