Miami Dolphins starting center Mike Pouncey received a "did not practice" label on Thursday, the second straight day he didn't participate in Miami's preparatory session for their Week 15 game against the Bills.
Pouncey is dealing with a hip injury, but he told reporters in Miami on Thursday that part of his time off was planned because the Dolphins played Monday night.
“This is a short week, so I just wanted to make sure that I felt all the way right this week," he said. "It was just part of our plan that whenever we had short weeks, I take a day off. I feel good right now. I can’t wait until this weekend.”
The former first-round pick has played 785 snaps for Miami on the season but has Pro Football Focus' third-worst overall grade among 36 qualifying centers. Weirdly, he owns the sixth-highest pass-blocking grade. He's struggled mightily blocking for the run.
If Pouncey can't go on Sunday, he'll likely be replaced by second-year pro Jake Brendel, who's played both center and left guard for the Dolphins this season. He's appeared on 52 snaps in 2017, most recently playing left guard in Week 13 against the Broncos.
Other non-participants for the Dolphins on Thursday were defensive end Andre Branch, and safety Michael Thomas, two role-playing defenders.
Players who were upgraded from "did not practice" on Wednesday to "limited" Thursday included guard Jermon Bushrod, cornerback Xavien Howard, quarterback Matt Moore, cornerback Cordrea Tankersley, and running back Damien Williams.
Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips were full participants, as was tight end MarQueis Gray.
(Grades courtesy of Pro Football Focus)
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