Despite some early optimism, it looks like Dolphins center Mike Pouncey’s absence will be a lengthy one.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Pouncey is now expected to need four months to recover from his June hip surgery, which would extend his rehab into late October.
“Eight weeks is probably what we’re looking at,” a source said of the time Pouncey was expected to miss.
The Dolphins have an early bye week, so he might just miss seven games if that timetable holds up.
The Dolphins open camp Friday, and Pouncey will be placed on the physically unable to perform list at that time. The more interesting call will come at roster cuts. They can save a roster spot by using the regular season PUP designation, which would mean he’d miss at least six games.
The Dolphins had plenty of upheaval anyway, with an overhaul of their offensive line at every other spot. Now, they’re looking for a center for the first few months.