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Dolphins expected to start Kraig Urbik at center

NFL: Miami Dolphins-OTA Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins have ruled starting center Mike Pouncey out of Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the fourth straight game Pouncey will miss due to a fractured hip. The big problem for Miami is backup center Anthony Steen, who has started all four games this year to replace Pouncey, is doubtful for the game with an ankle injury and did not practice all week. That likely means the team will have to turn to Kraig Urbik to be their starter.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly, that is exactly what should happen Thursday night, with the Dolphins expected to start Urbik.

Urbik is in his seventh year in the league, primarily playing guard but with some center experience as well. He spent the 2010 to 2015 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, playing in 81 games with 57 starts. He has played in all three games for Miami this year, primarily as a special teams contributor, though he played the last 22 offensive snaps last week at center following the injury to Steen.

Miami will kickoff against the Bengals at 8:25pm ET tonight.