Great news coming out of South Florida for the Miami Dolphins. Their best offensive lineman, center Mike Pouncey has been medically cleared to play. Pouncey has been dealing with a hip issue, which plagued him most of last season. It wasn’t known until this week whether he would be cleared at all in time for the start of training camp on Thursday.
Pouncey was elated about hearing the news and posted this on his Instagram page. Pouncey will begin training camp on the active roster, which obviously was somewhat in question before this week, but now has been fully answered.
The next question around Pouncey, now that he’s cleared to play and is on the active roster, is his usage during training camp. The coaching staff and trainers have already stated that they will use extra caution with regards to Pouncey. It’s more than likely that he wont see much beyond individual drills during training camp. His usage in pre season games will also likely be limited if he even plays at all. At this point they goal will get his conditioning to a point where he’s ready to go when the real season begins.
As Mike Pouncey begins on the active list, there are some hobbled Dolphins going into camp who haven’t been cleared. Safety Reshad Jones will begin camp on the non-football injury list. Jones, who’s season ended prematurely last year, injured a muscle when running on his own. The good news is that the injury doesn’t seem to be serious and the team expects him back soon.
Tackle Avery Young as well as former Miami Hurricanes WR Rashawn Scott will both be sidelined to start camp. Young is on the NFI list, where Scott because of a foot injury begins on the PUP list. While Young and Scott begin camp hobbled, it looks like RB De’Veon Scott and tackle Eric Smith who were placed on the PUP list last week will be ready as they have been activated this week.