On Monday, Dolphins Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey went under the knife to reportedly repair a torn labrum in his hip. The recovery time is expected to be at least 3-4 months. This will force Miami to start the regular season without its best offensive player.
That led to our latest SportsNation poll question: Who should start at center for the Dolphins in Week 1 against the rival New England Patriots? There were various in-house options. But the player with most of the votes was Miami career backup Nate Garner.
Keep in mind that Garner started two games last season in place of Pouncey. The Dolphins went 1-1 in those games and Garner held his own. However, Garner has played backup offensive tackle in Miami’s offseason practices this year.
Sam Brenner received the second-most votes. He is the player who has received second-team reps at center behind Pouncey. There are a thin crop of outside free agents. However, that option received the third-most votes, and moving starting right guard Shelley Smith to center received the least votes.
The Dolphins have about two months to figure it out. With Pouncey on the shelf, Miami will have five new starters on the offseason line to start the 2014 season.