The Dolphins are worried about Mike Pouncey‘s long-term health, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link). Pouncey has had hip issues for the past two years and those troubles resurfaced this week.
The standout center has missed time in each of the past four season with various injuries. With this particular issue, some within the organization believe that this is a degenerative issue, meaning that it could lead to the premature end of his career. The Dolphins do believe that he will play again this season, but it sounds like there are question marks about 2017 and beyond.
It should be noted that there are conflicting reports on Pouncey’s long-term status. Just yesterday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported that Pouncey’s hip injury is not a career-threatening situation. Still, Pouncey has undergone three hip surgeries since 2014 and it would be foolish to dismiss Cole’s report.
Pouncey, 27, has made the Pro Bowl as both a guard and center in recent years. The sixth-year pro graded as the league’s No. 11 center last year, according to Pro Football Focus’ metrics. This year, he is just the 29th ranked center, putting him ten spots behind his brother, Maurkice Pouncey.
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