Dolphins planning on ‘minimal’ preseason work for Mike Pouncey

There are still question marks on Mike Pouncey’s health. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—Mike Pouncey declared himself healthy enough to play last December even after the Dolphins put him on Injured Reserve and planned on a full offseason program, but it’s unlikely he’ll be full-go even by the upcoming preseason.

Pouncey isn’t practicing during Organized Team Activities because of ongoing hip concerns, and the team is mainly rotating Isaac Asiata, Kraig Urbik, Anthony Steen and Ted Larsen in his place. When asked about the possibility of Pouncey not working much in the preseason and not practicing every day once the regular season starts, offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said that’s “probably a given.”

“It’s going to be minimal,” Christensen said today. “The good news is he’s such a pro. The good news is even now in the meetings, even though he’s not practicing, he’s got his bike out there, he hears the calls, he sees the calls, he gets the scripts and he’s in the meetings. He’s been really, really good in the meetings.”

Christensen added that it’s necessary to get Pouncey “some” snaps leading up to the season or he won’t be “game ready.” There’s also concern about making sure his conditioning level is sufficient.

“The mental part won’t be a challenge to him, where it would be to a lot of people,” Christensen said. “He’ll be on that stuff. We just have to pick our spots and make sure we play his way into shape where all of a sudden he can play 60 minutes when he hasn’t done it for quite a while. I think that’ll be the challenge.”

Pouncey, soon to be 28, is the team’s best and highest-paid offensive lineman. He made three straight Pro Bowls and started 40 of a possible 48 games over three seasons before last year.

Offseason hip surgery kept him out of the first four games of the 2016 season. He returned for five games before reaggravating his hip and missing the rest of the year.

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