Dolphins center Pouncey has hip surgery
The Sports Xchange
NFL Team Report - Miami Dolphins - INSIDE SLANT
Mike Pouncey underwent hip surgery Monday and running back Knowshon Moreno will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery this week, according to reports. ESPN.com reported Pouncey is expected to miss at least three months and Moreno will miss four to five weeks.
Moreno, after a career year in Denver last year with 1,038 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, signed a one-year $3 million contract with the Dolphins this offseason, with $1.25 million guaranteed.
The Dolphins hope to have Moreno back in time for the start of the preseason, but Pouncey is expected to be sidelined for the start of the regular season.
Pouncey tore the labrum in his hip sometime during the Dolphins' OTA sessions. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Pouncey was the lone holdover from the Dolphins' 2013 starting offensive line.
Pouncey has missed just two games since being drafted by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2011 draft. He was forced to miss those games last season while dealing with a gall bladder issue.
--Despite a rough outing for the Dolphins' offense during Tuesday's minicamp practice - there were penalties, busted routes and spotty pass protection - quarterback Ryan Tannehill likes the new scheme.
"I feel good," Tannehill said of coordinator Bill Lazor's system, which involves significant pre-snap motion. "I'm still learning, obviously. There's a lot to do, a lot of learning in this offense, just getting everything down where it's second nature and I'm not having to think about anything, just going out and playing.
"But every day I feel more and more comfortable. Even on a bad day like (Tuesday), we can learn from this tape, we can see where the timing didn't match up or we missed protection, missed the hot (receiver), and learn from it."
On Tuesday, the offense was sluggish. Tannehill even yelled at a couple of wide receivers after they messed up on plays. He said his biggest frustration was because he has seen the offense working more efficiently during the offseason.
"It was a frustrating day," Tannehill said of Tuesday's first day of the three-day minicamp. "I want to be crisp, I want everything to work like a well-oiled machine and today we weren't crisp, so we've got to get it better."
The offense didn't have Pro-Bowl center Mike Pouncey (undisclosed ailment) making the calls, and surely that made a difference in pass protection and the running game.
But wide receiver Brandon Gibson (knee surgery) did participate in 11-on-11 drills for the first time this offseason, which would seem to be a boost.
And the defense was somewhat limited. Defensive tackle Jared Odrick (undisclosed ailment) did individual drills but not 11-on-11, and the same was the case with cornerback Cortland Finnegan (undisclosed ailment).
Head coach Joe Philbin didn't seem alarmed by the offense's shortcomings.
"I think it's kind of just the ebb and flow of practices," he said. "We've had 10 OTA practices, so this would be 11, and there's going to be days where one side of the ball has the upper hand ... it looked like on the back end (secondary) and the linebackers we were doing some good things from a coverage standpoint.
"We did throw a lot of checkdowns and (the defense) made some plays. I think it's just kind of natural."
That didn't soothe Tannehill, who seems to be raising his expectation level of the offense.