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Mike Pouncey injury update: Center to make 2016 debut

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The Miami Dolphins will get back their starting center, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mike Pouncey, who has missed the first four games of the 2016 season with a fractured hip, will make his debut for this week. Anthony Steen and Kraig Urbik started the games without Pouncey.

The Dolphins selected Pouncey in the first round of the 2011 season. He immediately assumed the starting center role for the team, starting all 32 games in his first two years, before injuries forced him to miss two games in 2013, four games in 2014, and two games last year, along with the four contests this season. He earned Pro Bowl berths in 2013 and 2015 as a center, along with 2014 at guard.

Pouncey’s return to the lineup will provide Miami with an anchor in the middle of the line, as well as should improve both their pass protection and run blocking. Pouncey is a highly athletic center, able to pull and block into the second level, assuming he is 100 percent healthy.

The Dolphins kickoff against the Tennessee Titans at 1pm ET this afternoon.