There was a tremendous amount of speculation that the Miami Dolphins would be without Pro-Bowl center Mike Pouncey for at least the first four weeks of the season. Faced with a decision on whether or not to place the offensive lineman on injured reserve eliminating him from the first six weeks the Dolphins instead waited to see what a follow up doctors appointment would reveal. Apparently it has revealed enough to put Pouncey back on the practice field. Today.
Pouncey injured his hip during a June organized team activity and required surgery to repair the torn labrum. Pouncey has repeatedly said that he wanted to target week one for a return but acknowledged that week four was more likely. The Dolphins were not so confident and signed former Dolphin Samson Satele at the start of camp when back-up center Sam Brenner missed a few practices.
Pouncey is back at practice today. Caleb Sturgis is dressed, so it looks like he’ll be doing some work.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) August 26, 2014
Training camp has been rough for the Dolphins offensive line that as of today boasts five different starters from last years line. The team has seen Brenner go down with an injury, free agent Shelley Smith fail miserably at the transition, David Arkin failing the same, and at one point it appeared that un-drafted free agent Tyler Larsen would be the guy who needed to step up.
The return of Pouncey is not going to pay off in time for the seasons start when the New England Patriots visit Miami. Pouncey is more likely to practice his way back into the starting lineup and it’s a good possibility that the team will see him in week three or week four. Which was the original timetable back in June.
UPDATE: The Dolphins center is not practicing but is in attendance at practice the “tweet” by Beasley misinterpreted by several in the media.