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Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey doubtful for game vs. Carolina

 
 
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey plays catch in pregame warmups before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Sun Life Stadium on Oct. 6, 2013.
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey plays catch in pregame warmups before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Sun Life Stadium on Oct. 6, 2013.
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Center Mike Pouncey, who missed last week’s game with what was reported to be a gall bladder illness after a bout with food poisoning, was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Carolina, meaning the Miami Dolphins again are likely to be without three starting offensive linemen.

Suspended guard Richie Incognito and tackle Jonathan Martin remain out as the NFL investigates Martin’s allegations of bullying.

Pouncey returned to the team facility this week and said he feels healthy enough to play. But he did not practice Friday.

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson also was listed as doubtful with a groin injury that has limited him to five games this season.

Though Carroll received most of the first-team snaps this week, rookie third-round pick Will Davis said he took more non-scout team work this week than at any time all season, and rookie second-round pick Jamar Taylor also got a lot of work.

Davis hasn’t played a snap on defense this season, and Taylor has played just 45.

Eight Dolphins players are listed as probable, including receiver Mike Wallace (hamstring). Nobody was listed as questionable.

Meanwhile, Carolina will be without defensive end Charles Johnson, who has 8.5 sacks. Three other Panthers also were ruled out for Sunday: linebacker Chase Blackburn, guard Chris Scott and tight end Ben Hartsock. Defensive end Greg Hardy (six sacks) is probable.

INCOGNITO MEETING

Incognito met for four hours with investigator Ted Wells on Friday, after meeting with him for 4 ½ hours Thursday.

That means Incognito’s time with Wells was about 90 minutes more than Martin’s seven-hour session with Wells the previous Friday.

•  Wallace said he and Ryan Tannehill get enough work together on deep balls during practice. Still, whereas Tannehill throws to Brian Hartline before games, he doesn’t do the same with Wallace. Why is that?

“It’s just something where that’s not what he does,” Tannehill said. “When we started the preseason games and started getting into routines, that’s just not what he does. Everyone has their own way of getting into it. I don’t think the deep ball is affected by that.”

•  Coach Joe Philbin on Wallace’s play this season: “I’m not disappointed in his performance one single bit.”

•  Philbin, asked by Charlotte media to assess Tannehill’s second season: “If you picked up a stats sheet from this time a year ago and where we are today, his completion percentage is up. His quarterback rating is up. His touchdowns are up considerably.

“He is making good progress. [But] we have got to score more points. We haven’t been able to get over 30 points in a game yet.”

•  Two Carolina assistant coaches have considerable name recognition locally: offensive coordinator Mike Shula (son of Don Shula) and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, the former University of Miami standout.

“I think [Shula] is doing a heck of a job,” Philbin said. “I saw Coach [Don] Shula before the game last week and asked him who he was rooting for next week.”

Philbin said Shula told him his rooting interests would be split down the middle.

•  Fox decided to make Dolphins-Panthers its primary 1 p.m. game Sunday -- ahead of Tampa-Detroit, Minnesota-Green Bay and Chicago-St. Louis -- and will air the Dolphins in 72 percent of the country.

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