Pouncey has quickly asserted himself as one of the leaders of the Dolphins offensive line. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Pouncey To Miss 3 Months


The Miami Dolphins will likely enter the 2014 season without their all-pro center, Mike Pouncey. Pouncey underwent hip surgery on Monday according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The injury, reportedly occurred during mini-camp.

The surgery went well but the average recovery time is three months, and that’s optimistic. More likely Pouncey will not be available for at least three and a half to four months which could land him on the PUP list to start the season. If that happens, Pouncey will not be available until the sixth week of the season.

There is no word yet on who the Dolphins will pencil in to start in his place. Nate Garner has experience playing guard, tackle, and center and could be an early option for the team.  Second year lineman Sam Brenner is also listed on the roster as a center. While Brenner lacks the experience he played very well for the Dolphins last season filling in for suspended left guard Richie Incognito.

Pouncey had the 5th year option picked up last month by the team and is still hoping to get a new contract. Whoever fills in for him on the offensive line could have a legitimate shot and stealing it. For example, if Brenner starts the first month of the season and plays exceptionally well his low price tag could cause the Dolphins to think about moving Pouncey after the season.  The opposite of that coin of course is the Dolphins may realize just how much they need the Pro-Bowler in which case he could get a contract sooner rather than later.

Regardless of the outcome, the Dolphins will need to find a solution to this new problem. The Dolphins already will likely start four new offensive lineman and now it appears that they may be forced to start the season with all of their lineman different from last year.

In other news, Knowshon Moreno has opted to have his knee surgery. It is scheduled for next week and will sideline him until the start of training camp but more likely a couple of weeks into camp.

 

 

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  • Johnny

    That’s just what we needed!!! 3 months?? End of September.. Probably won’t play until week 6 after the bye.. (So, won’t play until Oct. 12th vs Green Bay)..Why play 1 game before the bye… They’ll be cautious… That’s what they’ll probably do, so he’ll be OUT for the first 4 games… Now?? 5 new starters on the OLine… Wow.. It’s going to be a long season… Wow.. Again, 5 NEW OLINE GUYS!!! WTF!!

    • Johnny

      Keep an eye on UFA rookie TYLER LARSEN… Had a 4-5th round grade, but went undrafted.. Strong, but short arms.. Played in a zone-blocking OLine.. But has a hard time hitting the second level… Or Garner… SMH… UFA rookie G Longo will probably given a shot at Center.. That’s the kid that benched 225 a whopping 47 times!!! A mauler.. Probably better at G.. But I’m sure Garner and Larsen will get first crack at center… Again,
      5 NEW OLINE GUYS!!!! What ???

      • txmedic5

        actually Garner isn’t a bad option, he is much better as a center and has the veteran leadership to keep the line together. He has always been thrown into spot duty and hasn’t really been able to get any consistency but if the Dolphins put him there early to compete I think he might surprise a lot of people.

        • Johnny

          I was thinking Garner or Brenner.. But they got to give the undrafted rookie Larsen a look… Plus there are a few FAs out there they can sign to a 1 year deal…

          • txmedic5

            I like the upside to Larsen but would you want to go into the season with a rookie center? Not sure he would be ready in time to call the assignments and lead the line. It’s kind of why I’m leaning towards Garner and Brenner.

          • Johnny

            No… But atleast he played the position if Center longer.. Even though at a college level, he might be better then a guard making a switch to center… I’d make some calls too.. (FAs)

    • Johnny

      He’ll miss 4 games..

    • Johnny

      Well, I take that back.. It got worse.. It went from “UP TO” to “ATLEAST” 3 months…

  • Matt

    Like Johnny said. The worst thing that could of happened has happened. Way to s&@t the bed Dolphins. I wonder what rabbit Hickey is going to pull out of the hat now. Jesus Christ. Yes I went there. If you’re religious and don’t like me using your lord’s name in vain I got two words for you “piss off” this is my Miami Dolphin’s I’m talking about here.

  • gofins60

    Pouncey is an idiot, and I hope his replacement does well enough to take his job.

  • LostSok

    The one upside to this is that we’ll get a better look at Larsen, Brenner and the rest of the potential longterm replacements. It’s far and away the worst news of the year so far for Miami, but one can at least hope it’s one that works out for the best. That’s a longshot, but…there it is…

  • Johnny

    He’ll miss 4 games.. Come back week 6 vs Green Bay.. I guess having that week 5 Bye isn’t looking so bad right now..

    • txmedic5

      The good news is that Lamar Miller isn’t exactly built for 1 and 2 gap running and we run more in the 3 and 4 gap and around the edges. As for passing, we should be o.k. if the guards can hold up and do their job.

      • Johnny

        Very True… BUT… Defensives will catch on.. (Plus it takes longer to develop.. Hitting the edge).. Hitting the middle your gaining yardage (most of the time).. Hitting the edges, you can lose 5 yds… But like I said, DTs and DBs will pick up on that sooner rather then later… Sometimes it’s better to gain 2-3 then lose 5… But, on the flip side, more chances of breaking a long run hitting the edges… Got to do both, mix it up.. Eitherway.. WE NEED A CENTER.. Either Garner or Brenner.. Or undrafted Larsen… Or pick up that phone and find one.. (Their are some nice options, if willing to take a 1 year contract… at this time of the year, I’m sure their willing to do that..LOL)…

  • bmr2010

    How stupid is he!! He could have had the surgery months ago and been almost fully recovered by now. Cut or trade this moron

  • bmr2010

    The offensive line isn’t going to be any better than last year. Tannehill will be let go and Philbin will get fired be cause hickey failed to provide the team with a decent offensive line. No pass protection and non existing running game for the 2nd straight year.

  • Johnny

    Right now I think the easiest thing to do is put back-up Center Sam Brenner to start at Center… He did well last year picking up guard and center for awhile.. I thought he was decent.. Garner is a better G/T option.. G Smith can play Center, but then your replacing 2 positions rather then just 1…
    Brenner would be my choice…
    (As of now)…
    Plus he can play during ALL of training camp and preseason to get ready for the start if the season..getting a lot of reps at C…Then, who knows??! Pouncy can be back after 2 or 3 games if he rehabs quicker then expected.. (Which I wouldn’t doubt if he only misses 2 or 3 games)
    Worse case scenario is that he misses 4 games, then comes back week 6 after the week 5 bye..
    Brenner should do fine… (Hopefully)