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

Rob GoldbergFeatured Columnist

SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 08:  Mike Pouncey #51 of the Miami Dolphins gestures to the crowd prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York.  Buffalo defeated Miami 33-17.  (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey hasn't played since he reinjured his hip during practice on Nov. 17 and will not return this season after being placed on injured reserve.

Continue for updates.


Pouncey Out for Season 

Tuesday, Dec. 13

The Dolphins announced they had placed Pouncey on injured reserve, signing quarterback T.J. Yates to take his place on the roster.

Earlier Tuesday, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero first reported the roster move:

It is feared that if the Dolphins let Pouncey play now or at any point the remainder of this year, he might further damage the hip that has already undergone surgery once and flared up again during a practice in San Diego a month ago. Pouncey has struggled with hip injuries recently and has had surgery on both the left and right hip.

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The Dolphins are hopeful that if Pouncey continues his current course to recovery without any setbacks, the current injury would not become a career-threatening issue. So Pouncey will be free to return in 2017.


Conflicting Reports Surrounding Extent of Pouncey's Injury

Sunday, Nov. 20

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Dolphins believe Pouncey's injury is not long term.

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported on Nov. 18 that the Dolphins believed the injury could shorten his career:


Pouncey Reaggravates Hip Injury

Thursday, Nov. 17

Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reported that Pouncey reaggravated an injury to his hip that held him out at the beginning of the season.

"It's a curveball," offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said of the injury, "but it's the hand we've got."


Pouncey Is Vital Member of Dolphins O-Line

The center missed the first four games of the year because of the ailment, which makes the latest issue concerning. However, head coach Adam Gase doesn't believe the injury to be career-threatening.

The 2011 first-round pick has started every game of his career when he's been in the lineup, being named to three Pro Bowls in the last three seasons.

Anthony Steen, who started three games for the Dolphins earlier in the year, returned to the starting lineup at center with Pouncey is unavailable.