The Miami Dolphins received their first big dose of bad injury news in 2014 when Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey had significant hip surgery last week. Pouncey is expected to miss between two and six games to start the regular season, which is a big loss for Miami.
That brings us to our latest SportsNation poll: What will be Miami’s record without Pouncey? We settled at four games, which is in the middle of Pouncey’s current timeline.
The Dolphins will host the New England Patriots in Week 1, travel to face the Buffalo Bills in Week 2, at home against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3 and the Oakland Raiders in London in Week 4. Can Miami survive -- or even thrive -- without Pouncey?
Keep in mind that Miami got off to a fast start last season. The Dolphins were 3-0 with quality wins over the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons. That put Miami in playoff contention until the final week of the regular season.
But playing without arguably their best offensive player will be tough for Miami. The Dolphins rebuilt their offensive line around Pouncey, and with him out they will have five new starters in Week 1. Miami cannot afford a slow start with so much pressure to make the playoffs in the third year under head coach Joe Philbin.
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on Miami’s record to start the season without Pouncey. You can share your thoughts in the comment section below or send a message via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.