With the Dolphins practicing this week in Philadelphia with the Eagles, the story isn’t so much their stars and team progress, it’s more: who’s healthy enough to play come September? And coach Adam Gase delivered more bad news after the Monday practice, as he announced that versatile Kraig Urbik, who was scheduled to be the starting left guard, is out for an undetermined amount of time.
Urbik, who replaced Mike Pouncey late in the 2016 season season at center, has been battling a back injury that kept him out of their second preseason game with Baltimore. However, Gase said it was a new knee problem that will sideline him through the opening game with the Bucs on September 10th. The Miami Herald further says it has a source, who says it could be much longer, too.
Urbik, entering his ninth season, was already the replacement in camp for projected starter at guard Ted Larsen, who is out until at least mid-season with a tear of his bicep. Now, they are both out, and the Dolphins are scrambling for a third option.
These injuries are latest in an onslaught for the first three weeks of Dolphins training camp that included losing QB Ryan Tannehill, rookie LB Raekwon McMillan and DB Tony Lippett all for the season. Miami has also been dealing with running back Jay Ajayi missing a week with a concussion and now backup Kenyan Drake still trying to recover from his own concussion.
Meanwhile, the news on the offensive line isn’t all bad, as it looks like Pouncey is progressing from his hip issues and was on the field in Philly Monday:
Mike Pouncey is participating in positional drills pic.twitter.com/MvtBYWf57O
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 21, 2017
Gase, however, stopped short Monday of saying that the Pro Bowl vet would play against the Eagles Thursday night. Then again, if you are going to give him a test/live contact, the third preseason game is the final realistic option before the regular season starts. Stay tuned on that.
And stay tuned for the walking M.A.S.H. unit that is the Dolphins to see if it is finished with the preseason bad news on the injury front.