The Miami Dolphins are set to start the 2016 season with Anthony Steen at center, replacing an injured Mike Pouncey. The Pro Bowl veteran has been ruled out of this week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a hip problem that was sustained while playing in the preseason. Steen, meanwhile, will start his first game at center, and, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he could hold on to that spot for a few more weeks.
According to Schefter, Pouncey has a fracture in his left hip and will undergo a CT scan sometime this week. He could miss 1-2 more weeks, according to Schefter’s report.
Pouncey has had a history of hip issues, including off-season surgery this year on the opposite hip. He also missed the end of last season with a foot issue, but was still selected to his third straight Pro Bowl. The Dolphins will hope to have Pouncey back as quickly as possible, strengthening an offensive line which is expected to finally be able to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill and opening running lanes this year, after allowing Tannehill to be the most sacked quarterback in the league over the four years in which the quarterback has been in the league.