Dolphins Plan To Be Patient With Mike Pouncey

Mike Pouncey appeared in just five games during the 2016 season as a result of a broken hip. The five-time Pro Bowl center had a stem cell procedure on his hip to promote healing. The Dolphins plan to bring him along slowly during training camp in an effort to ensure he’s ready for the first game of the season.

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey (51) celebrates a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Photo: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee.

While speaking with the media on Tuesday, coach Adam Gase intimated that the team will receive more insight as to how they will proceed with Pouncey’s rehab in the very near future.

“We have a whole bunch of different scenarios, right now that could possibly come up after we get more information today. Working with our guys, kind of – the deal with him is putting together all of these different – contingency plans as far as: ‘alright he can do individual, he can do practice and here’s his rest day.’ So we’re waiting to hear kind of where we’re at and we’ll go from there.”

Since having offseason surgery, Pouncey has begun running, and by all accounts, he’s in good shape. Gase feels so good about Pouncey’s rehab that he claims he doesn’t need to see him in preseason action. However, he realizes that if Pouncey had his way, he’s much rather be in the trenches with his teammates.

“I know he wants to practice and go through kind of his routine for training camp,” Gase said. “… I was amazed by the fact that he missed as much time as he did last year during the season and walks right back in and plays at an elite level. … I’m always going to listen to him though – it’s his body and his mindset and I trust what he tells me.”

Pouncey is an elite center. Players, coaches and fans gravitate to him. He’s proven to be a natural leader who can have a profound impact on the game. Pouncey is also a very intelligent football player who works in conjunction with Tannehill to shift protections along the offensive line. With that said, Gase believes his roster as constructed could survive without Pouncey if he misses any regular-season action.

“We got so many guys playing center – I’m good,” said Gase.

Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.