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Gase rules Pouncey, Ajayi out for Sunday

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04:   Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins awaits the snap from Mike Pouncey #51 of the Miami Dolphins during the game against New York Jets at Wembley Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) Getty Images

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey will not play in Sunday’s season opener at Seattle, Dolphins coach Adam Gase told reporters Friday.

Backup running back Jay Ajayi will also be out. He did not make the trip, and his absence is being ruled a “coaches decision.” The Miami Herald reported that Ajayi was upset he was not named the team’s starting running back.

Pouncey, a three-time Pro Bowler, has a hip injury and hasn’t practiced for three weeks.

Anthony Steen is listed as the backup center on the team’s unofficial depth chart. Steen, a former undrafted free agent, has never played in an NFL game.

Wide receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis Friday but is also expected to be held out of Sunday’s game.

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21 Responses to “Gase rules Pouncey, Ajayi out for Sunday”
  1. theashleyguy says: Sep 9, 2016 4:35 PM

    Well, the Seahawks are without Ifedi; and Rawls and Graham will see limited action. I hate it but injuries are a part of the game.

  2. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 9, 2016 4:37 PM

    The Pouncey’s are always hurt, nothing new.

  3. laxcoach37 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:40 PM

    Stop trying to stir the pot. Jay Ajayi was injured and the Dolphins have 5 RBs on the Roster. I am sure that is not why Gase is not bringing him. If he is upset it is because not one RB had a breakout during Pre-Season and Arian Foster gets the nod because of his history.
    Who cares about Pouncey. He is always injured and the Oline played better with Steen anyway. The Seahawks DLine is going to be a challenge, if they do reasonably well; they should just cut Pouncey. Parker is the new Yatil Green.

  4. iamkillerfin says: Sep 9, 2016 4:42 PM

    TRADE AJAYI!!! Get us a decent STARTING corner!!!

  5. VenerableAxiom says: Sep 9, 2016 4:43 PM

    Ajayi needs to learn, that with Gase, all positions are earned. That’s the same for Steen, he earned the back up at center by playing well.

  6. carbonriver says: Sep 9, 2016 4:49 PM

    So two teams with questionable O-Lines will both be missing a starter. Hawks will miss Ifedi but good luck to Tannehill standing behind a first time starter coming into the Clink with Reed and Bennett lined up across from him.

  7. saddolfinfan says: Sep 9, 2016 4:53 PM

    Ajayi sounds like a bitch. Man up and take that spot.

  8. dawpb says: Sep 9, 2016 4:57 PM

    Trade pouncey next year. He’s always hurt and we can find a serviceable center elsewhere. Not worth the money.

  9. smarterfootball says: Sep 9, 2016 5:06 PM


    Does Bennett line up inside ever? And Reed is the passing down DT right? Not sure those are going to be the major issues for the young center…

  10. beachsidejames says: Sep 9, 2016 5:37 PM

    This is why I like Gase. He’s not letting a player sulk and them letting them hang with the team too on game day. Message to Ajayi is get with it or get lost.

  11. eli12rep says: Sep 9, 2016 5:46 PM


    Bennett has lined inside in what they call the Nascar package with cliff on the end. For a person named Smartfootball you need to change your name… no hard feelings

    Go hawks

  12. bucsorbust says: Sep 9, 2016 6:26 PM

    Wow, sorry to say the latest train wreck’s already happened in Miami. The Dolphins just have to follow the tracks to get to the scene.

  13. igotgamenj says: Sep 9, 2016 7:03 PM

    That’s what happens when you have a soccer player playing RB he has horrible hands can’t catch to save his life and has really shown nothing in preseason

  14. beachsidejames says: Sep 9, 2016 7:13 PM

    I’d like to see Steen do well enough at center to stay there and then move Pouncey to guard. That would be a deep o-line with everyone inter-changeable in case of injury.

  15. brianav036 says: Sep 9, 2016 7:48 PM

    There are at least 5 to 7 potentially elite RB in next years draft. Use Foster this season and let’s see what Drake has to offer. Personally I have seen enough of Ajai to know he is not the answer long term…..Just doesn’t have it and those knees are a disaster waiting to happen.

  16. neallday says: Sep 9, 2016 11:38 PM

    Will this be 17 or 18 years straight without the fins in playoffs…bwhahhahah

  17. docgordo says: Sep 10, 2016 1:04 AM


    Reed is one of the starting DTs (if healthy this week) and Bennett plays inside a lot more than you’d think.

  18. intrafinesse says: Sep 10, 2016 9:06 AM

    As a Jets fan I don’t want Miami to do too badly, lest Ross wisen up and get rid of Tannenbaum.

    I’m rooting for them to go 7-9, which is what the jets will do.

  19. jusanewuhcount says: Sep 10, 2016 7:04 PM

    Devante Parker is not a bust but he is indeed a Wuss. He was supposed to be the #2 WR and he can’t get on the field. What are we running, a rest home or a football team? Each week we have key players on the injured list. This really sickening. “no fun intended”

  20. edancingman says: Sep 10, 2016 8:57 PM

    Ajayi did nothing in the preseason to establish himself as the starter. Pouncey is a perennially injured player, who is better at guard than center. Steen was a top performer for Bama, and is very used to loud stadiums and pressure games. He was a projected 2nd round pick. So far he’s already better than Pouncey.

  21. edancingman says: Sep 10, 2016 9:34 PM

    I understand the love for Howard, but the best running back in a decade was still on the board. Derrick Henry is the next Eric Dickerson. I was hoping like crazy that he was the pick, and I was extremely disappointed when they didn’t take him. Sadly, it appears Parker is going to be injured more than not. But that’s still yet to be seen.

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