The Miami Dolphins offensive line last season was the worst in the league by a large margin thanks in part to allowing 58 sacks on sophomore quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
One of the major focuses of the offseason was to bolster a brand new offensive line which included the acquisition of Pro Bowler Branden Albert and drafting Ja’wuan James in the first round in this past May’s NFL draft.
The only remaining starter from last year’s offensive line is center Mike Pouncey. Pouncey was by far the Dolphins best offensive lineman last year and has mentioned multiple times this offseason that he plans on becoming a leader for the offensive line corps this year.
Unfortunately for Pouncey and the Dolphins, Mike is still recovering from June knee surgery that has kept him off the field for much of the Dolphins’ practices.
Although he is not getting reps with the Dolphins first team like he would be if he was fully healthy, Pouncey has been out on the practice field doing drills to stay in shape. According to Miami Dolphins beat writer Omar Kelly, Pouncey left the practice field today limping:
Saw #Dolphins center Mike Pouncey limp off the field today with a sleeve on his left leg. That’s NOT a good sign.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) August 20, 2014
If Pouncey further injured his knee today, he would likely be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list when the season starts, which means he would not be eligible to play for the team until Week 6 of the regular season. That could come back to haunt the Dolphins who have high hopes of making the playoffs this season.