The Miami Dolphins could find themselves without Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey longer than originally expected. Pouncey tore the labrum in his hip during Organized Team Activities this offseason and, after initially attempting to play through the injury, was forced to have surgery following the team's veteran minicamp. The initial prognosis was Pouncey could miss three months, which would mean he could be back as early as late September.
According to a report from the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley, however, it is beginning to look like Pouncey may miss up to half the season.
Beasley cites a source familiar with Pouncey's surgery as telling the reporter that rehab will likely take four months, not the previously believed three. That would push Pouncey's return from late September to late October. "Eight weeks is probably what we're looking at," the source told Beasley Wednesday, discussing how many weeks into the season it could be before Pouncey returns.
In terms of actual games, the Dolphins could be without their starting center seven games, thanks to a Week 5 bye.