Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Pouncey might miss Fins opener

DAVIE — Dolphins center Mike Pouncey has been sidelined by a left hip injury that could force him to miss the season opener Sept. 11 at the Seahawks.

The Lakeland native and former Gator was hurt in Friday's game at Dallas, and he'll likely sit out the final two exhibition games, coach Adam Gase said Sunday.

"We're still kind of feeling out what's going on," Gase said. "We need to keep evaluating. We're working with the doctors and trying to make sure when he comes back, he's ready to go."

Pouncey, a Pro Bowl player each of the past three years, has a history of hip trouble. He had surgery on his right hip during the offseason and missed some of the team's offseason program, and he missed the first four games of the 2014 season because of an injury to his right hip.

The injury further unsettles Miami's offensive line, where the starting guards have yet to be determined.

NO MORE 'PROBABLE': The NFL has dropped the "probable" designation from its injury reporting procedures, saying that "approximately 95 percent of the players listed as 'probable' in prior years did in fact play in the game." From now on, "questionable" will mean that "it is uncertain as to whether the player will play in the game," and "doubtful" will mean that "it is unlikely the player will participate," the league said in a statement.

CARDINALS: Safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Justin Bethel and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker practiced for the first time this training camp, and coach Bruce Arians said "there's no doubt" all three will be ready for the Sept. 11 season opener.

EAGLES: Linebacker Stephen Tulloch signed a one-year deal worth up to $3 million. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz coached Tulloch with the Lions and Titans.

GIANTS: Receiver Victor Cruz is expected to practice today for the first time since injuring his groin Aug. 9.

LIONS: Tight end Eric Ebron still hasn't given a clear timetable in his return from the ankle injury he suffered Aug. 6, but he was on the field walking through blocking drills for the first time since.

PATRIOTS: Running back Dion Lewis, who tore his left ACL on Nov. 8, will have a "cleanup" procedure on the knee that will sideline him indefinitely. Also, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer had shoulder surgery and is headed to injured reserve.

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