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Mike Pouncey on the 53 man roster

The Dolphins have taken center Mike Pouncey off the physically unable to perform list and placed him on the 53 man roster.

So what does that mean?

Well, Pouncey will definitely miss the start of the season. That is not really up for debate. But he could be practicing within a couple of weeks and preparing for the start of the season. Pouncey earlier targetted the Sept. 28 game against Oakland for his return.

Had the Dolphins placed Pouncey on regular season PUP, he would have had to miss six games before he could begin practicing with the team.

This way, Pouncey can practice and play much sooner.

The Dolphins hinted at this move when they cut both backup center Sam Brenner and third-string center David Arkin today. They wouldn't have done that if Pouncey were unavailble for six weeks while on PUP.

Samson Satele will start the season as the center and Nate Garner will likely be his backup.