The Miami Dolphins open the 2016 regular season with a trip to the Seattle Seahawks over the upcoming weekend. The team is currently holding their first practice of the week on Monday, and they are not at full strength:
.@MiamiDolphins DT Earl Mitchell back at practice. Pouncey, Parker and Jenkins not practicing.— Alain Poupart (@apoupartFins) September 5, 2016
RB Isaiah Pead (hammy) not at practice.— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) September 5, 2016
All four players have been dealing with various injuries throughout the preseason, and it appears to be carrying over to the regular season. Mike Pouncey, the team’s Pro Bowl center, injured his hip during a preseason game and is a question mark moving forward as to when he will be available. The team will likely start Anthony Steen in Pouncey’s place if the veteran is unable to play on Sunday.
Wide receiver DeVante Parker is dealing with a hamstring injury once again, and it is feared that the injury could continue to linger. The Dolphins have high expectations of Parker this year, but health concerns continue to hamper their 2015 first-round pick. Head coach Adam Gase last week told the media Parker needs to learn to take better care of his body, learning how to be a professional football player. Will Parker listen and respond?
Jenkins injured his knee in a preseason game and had to have arthroscopic knee surgery to clean it out. Miami was reportedly “hopeful” the Jenkins would be ready when the season starts, but he may still be recovering with the team holding him out of practice today.
Finally, Pead has been dealing with his hamstring injury the last couple of weeks. The team was expected to choose between Pead and Damien Williams heading into the final cuts, but they chose to keep both, and five total running backs, which might be a sign that Pead has at least a little more time remaining in his recovery.
The Dolphins will kick off against the Seahawks at 4:05pm ET Sunday.