Mike Pouncey doubtful for Sunday’s game

AP

When Dolphins center Mike Pouncey got sick last week, he originally thought it was just a case of food poisoning.

It has turned out to be a more significant illness than that, however. Pouncey is taking medication that he hopes will allow him to avoid having gallbladder surgery and has not been able to return to practice for the Dolphins. Nate Garner played center last weekend with rookie Sam Brenner at left guard.

That’s left him doubtful to play against the Panthers this weekend in a game that the Dolphins could really use to improve their chances of winning the second Wild Card spot in the AFC. There are plenty of other teams vying for that spot so any loss will make things considerably more difficult on Miami.

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson is also doubtful for Sunday after re-injuring his groin last Sunday. Nolan Carroll will take his place in the starting lineup.