Nov 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey (51) gets ready to hike the ball against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Mike Pouncey could miss first half of season

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Mike Pouncey’s recovery time from offseason labrum surgery is going to be longer than originally anticipated. Initial reports said the Dolphins’ center would need two months to come back, but now Pouncey is reportedly looking at a total of four months of recovery (per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald).

A four month recovery time from the date of surgery would mean that Pouncey will miss at least the first half of the regular season. “Eight weeks is probably what we’re looking at,” a source told Salguero.

The Dolphins have a bye within the first eight weeks, so Pouncey would miss a total of seven games if the recovery estimate is correct. The Dolphins could elect to place Pouncey on the PUP list, which would require him to miss at least the first six games of the season.

Pouncey has had a pretty rough offseason overall, between the labrum surgery and the accusations of assault (that turned out to be unfounded).

With Pouncey out, the Dolphins will turn to either rookie Samuel Longo or second-year UDFA Sam Brenner at center. Once again, offensive line is an issue for the Dolphins, but at least this time it’s only an injury-related issue and not something bullying-related.

The Dolphins really would like to move on from that terrible culture of theirs and establish a new identity. At least that’s what they want us to think.

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