Dolphins Lose Mike Pouncey To Torn Labrum In Hip
By Allen Kim
The Miami Dolphins will begin the 2014 NFL season without Mike Pouncey to anchor their offensive line. The center suffered what is being called a “significant” labrum tear in his hip during OTAs that required surgery, which he successfully underwent today. He’s expected to miss no less than three months.
With Pouncey expected to miss more than three months, there’s a good chance that he’ll start the season on the PUP list, which means he’ll miss a minimum of six games. Sam Brenner is expected to step into Pouncey’s role, but Nate Garner could also potentially fill in. Both Brenner and Garner are major downgrades, and the team could opt to turn to the free agent market if they’re not confident in either of them.
A former Pro Bowler, Pouncey is considered one of the best centers in the league. Pouncey excels in pass protection, and if the Dolphins hope to get the most out of Ryan Tannehill and their passing attack, they’ll need Pouncey to get back to full strength. It appears that they’re going to start the year with five new starters along the offensive line.
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin suffered a labrum tear during OTAs last year, and he was never fully healthy until much later in the season. While Pouncey is considered to be a tough player — as noted by ProFootballTalk, Pouncey played through kidney stones last season — it’s hard to determine when his exact timetable for return will be.
Miami exercised the fifth-year team option on Pouncey’s contract already, which will pay him $7.438 million for the 2015 season.