DAVIE–The Dolphins have been optimistic all offseason about Mike Pouncey’s return from a hip issue, but with two days before training camp opens, they aren’t clear on where he stands.
Miami coach Adam Gase said this afternoon he doesn’t know yet whether Pouncey will be on the Physically Unable to Perform List when camp begins Thursday, or whether he can handle a limited or full workload. His progress has been good, but the team is holding off on any decisions until medical test results come back today.
“I have to wait,” Gase said. “We have a whole bunch of different scenarios that could come up after we get some more information. We’ve put together all these contingency plans. We’re waiting to hear where we’re at.”
Pouncey did not participate in Organized Team Activities or minicamp in May and June. He spent most of those practices on a stationary bike off to the side.
Since then, he’s been running and looks like he’s in condition to begin training camp.
“He’s doing everything you need to do show that you’re in good shape, feeling good, feeling stronger,” Gase said. “Now it’s that final checkup to see where we’re at. Once we get those results we’ll be able to move forward.”
Gase also said he doesn’t need to see Pouncey on the field over the next month to feel good about starting him in the season opener Sept. 10, but Pouncey would prefer to get his regular field work during that time. The Dolphins begin the preseason Aug. 10 against Atlanta.
Pouncey, 28, made three straight Pro Bowls before losing most of last season to hip surgeries. He was out early in the year, came back for five games, then finished the season on Injured Reserve. Miami went 4-1 when he played and posted three of its top four rushing totals.
The Dolphins scrambled to replace him last year with injured backup Anthony Steen and backup guard Kraig Urbik moving over, and they’re intent on being more prepared this season. They have been rotating Steen, Urbik, guard Ted Larson and rookie Isaac Asiata during the offseason to have all of them in line to step in for Pouncey.
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