Mike Pouncey will miss his fifth consecutive game and ninth of the year because of left hip injury that has bedeviled him all season.
Pouncey said recently that he didn’t know if he’ll play again this year. The Pro Bowl center’s apprehension was warranted.
The Dolphins are simply running out of time, at least in the regular season.
Just three games remain, and Pouncey has already been ruled out for Saturday’s showdown with the Jets, according to Dolphins coach Adam Gase. He will not practice this week.
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The Dolphins still believe there’s a chance Pouncey can return this year, or else they would have placed him on injured reserve and freed up the roster spot.
But Pouncey is not healing as fast as the Dolphins hoped after re-aggravating the injury in November. Pouncey met with a specialist, but a determination was made at the time was that he did not need another surgery, which would have been at least his fourth on his hips since 2014.
Meanwhile, cornerback Xavien Howard’s odds of playing Saturday are “better than last week,” Gase said. “That’s the best I can give you. Until we start practicing, it’s hard for me to say that he’s going or he’s not. We want him to feel good. We want him to say, I’m ready to go. So last week wasn’t the week.”
Howard hasn’t played since September, when he needed a second meniscus surgery in three months.