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Dolphins nuggets at this hour

The Dolphins' final training camp practice is in the books. This is what's happening:

Center Mike Pouncey, who continues to rehab following hip surgery, repeated today he is ahead of schedule and is hopeful he can avoid being placed on the regular-season physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

While Pouncey will still miss playing time at the beginning of the season, he's hoping he can be ready anytime from Week 2 or 3 to Week 5. If that continues to be the trend, then the Dolphins would have to give serious consideration to putting Pouncey on the active roster even while he is not practicing  -- thus having him count toward the 53-man limit.

If Pouncey suffers a setback in the coming month, the Dolphins could also decide to put Pouncey on regular-season PUP, meaning he would be out at least 6 weeks.

So the decision the Dolphins must make even if Pouncey might be ready to play in Week 4-5 is deciding whether the possibility, and that's what it would be, a possibilty, of having Pouncey a week or two earlier is more valuable than carrying an extra wide receiver, or linebacker or defensive back the first month of the season.

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The Dolphins expect their starting wide receivers to be ready for Saturday's preseason game at Tampa Bay.

Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline, both of whom missed the preseason opener, have practiced all week and are ready to play.

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The Dolphins have been holding what seems like a legitimate kicking competition ever since incumbent Caleb Sturgis tweaked a groin the first week of practice.

The competition might be over, folks.

Sturgis today connected on all four of his field goal attempts.

Danny Hrapmann, who was signed when Sturgis was injured, missed two of his three kicks today. He missed from 47 yards and missed from 42 yards.

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The Dolphins running back competition is really happening at the No. 3 spot because, let's be honest, Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno are going to be on this team, barring a major upset.

So Daniel Thomas, Mike Gillislee and several other lesser likes such as Cameron Marshall and Damien Williams and Orleans Darkwa are making a run for the No. 3 spot.

The problem is that neither Thomas nor Gillislee have been making much of a run. Thomas has been nursing and today continued nursing a hamstring injury that has forced him to miss the past two weeks.

Gillislee, who got off to a solid start in training camp, didn't exactly take great advantage of the time Thomas was out and now is himself out with a hamstring injury.

Pffft, goes the competition so far.

It is almost impossible that either Thomas or Gillislee will play againt Tampa Bay.

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Backup left tackle Jason Fox continues to miss time with a chest injury.

What does that mean?

It means Nate Garner, the erstwhile, right tackle, center, left tackle, is back at left tackle again. He was the backup at left tackle today and that is likely where he'll play Saturday evening.

Tony Hills has also been getting work at backup left tackle.

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