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If Pouncey practices, he might be able to play Oakland

Help is coming for the Dolphins offensive line in the person of Mike Pouncey. And the Dolphins are eager for the upgrade. But it is not likely going to happen this week when the Dolphins play Kansas City at Sun Life Stadium.

Pouncey, running and continuing to make progress in his rehabilitation following hip surgery, has still not practiced. And even if he practices every day this week starting Tuesday when Dolphins players return to work, he's not likely to get to the go-ahead to start on Sunday.

But this is important: If Pouncey can practice this week and then rejoin drills next week, he may indeed make his targetted return for the Sept. 28 game versus Oakland in London, England.

Pouncey would then have had two weeks of practice to prepare to play at least some. That's probably what he needs at minimum.

If Pouncey doesn't begin practicing this week, the likelihood he plays against Oakland is much, much lower -- assuming starter Samson Satele stays healthy -- and then the Dolphins would probably be looking at the Green Bay game in Week Six of the season as Pouncey's return.

The Dolphins, you should recall, have a bye in Week Five after Oakland.

So keep alert for news that Pouncey is finally practicing. If it comes this week, he might be playing at Oakland after all.

On another front, middle linebacker Koa Misi is expected to return to practice this week. He is expected to play against the Chiefs, barring a setback, as I reported last week.

Jordan Tripp, out with a chest injury for three weeks, is also expected to begin practicing again this week.

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