Miami morning take: Mike Pouncey

Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Wednesday from around the web:

  • Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network reports that center Mike Pouncey wants to avoid gallbladder surgery in order to return to the field.

Morning take: This all comes down to short- and long-term risks. If Pouncey can play through the pain, he should try to return. But if the illness is too much, Pouncey needs to shut it down for a while.

  • Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post wonders if Dolphins players will cooperate with the NFL investigation in the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga.

Morning take: It would be in their best interest to do so. The NFLPA reportedly also will be investigating soon, so players need to be open and honest.

  • Andy Kent of Dolphins.com says defensive end Olivier Vernon is stepping up his game.

Morning take: Vernon is quietly putting together a solid season with 5.5 sacks. He has done enough all season to keep No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan in a reserve role.

  • Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel wonders if the Dolphins can go 4-2 down the stretch.

Morning take: That’s what it will take to finish 9-7 and get prime positioning for the final wild-card spot in the AFC. The Dolphins haven’t been consistent since September, so that’s asking a lot.