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.
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.