Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is nursing a hip injury that will keep him out of the lineup the rest of the preseason and could even affect his status for the season-opener at Seattle Sept. 11.
"I don't want to put a time table on it, but, I mean, there's a possibility," head coach Adam Gase said of the possibility Pouncey could miss the Seattle opener. "He could if things change for us or if we get some kind of diagnosis where they tell us it's going to be a longer period of time than what we originally thought. It could happen."
Pouncey had surgery on his right hip in the offseason. That caused him to miss the early part of the weight and conditioning program but not much else. This injury, suffered Friday evening in the preseason game at Dallas, is to the left hip.
Pouncey obviously missed practice Sunday. Anthony Steen, a first-year offensive lineman out of Alabama, worked with the starters the entire practice. He is the Dolphins starting center this week.
"It's going to be next-man up," Gase said. "We don't know right now. That's why we're still working with the doctors as far as where are we at, how long is this going to be. We're taking our time to make sure we have the right evaluation and making the right decisions."
Steen has never played in a regular season NFL game.
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In other injury news, rookie running back Kenyan Drake, who has missed the past two weeks with a hamstring injury, did not practice against Sunday and it not going to do so this week. He will miss Thursday's game against Atlanta in Orlando.