Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s a significant tear. And while the surgery went well (they always do), real questions have emerged regarding when Pouncey will be ready to go.
Pouncey has a high tolerance for pain; he played last year through kidney stones. Tough and mean and determined, Pouncey will do whatever he has to do to get back. The question is how long it will take for Pouncey to be ready to go now that the labrum has been repaired.
Three months is the absolutely minimum, and it’s a very optimistic assessment. If it’s much longer than that, the Dolphins will get a taste of life without a Pouncey, like the Steelers did with his twin brother Maurkice for nearly all of 2013. And that could help Mike get the thing he wanted but has yet to get — a new contract of his own.