Surgery for Miami's Moreno, Pouncey

Surgery for Miami's Moreno, Pouncey
June 25, 2014, 3:15 pm
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The Dolphins have already been dealt a couple of big injury blows and they haven't even hit training camp. 

Free-agent acquisition Knowshon Moreno was scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery this week and is expected to miss four-to-five weeks, according to ESPN. Center Mike Pouncey had hip surgery on Monday and will miss at least three months. 

Pouncey, who tore the labrum in his hip earlier this offseason, is one of the most important players in Miami's offense and his presence would have carried added significance going into 2014 given that the Dolphins' offensive line has undergone a complete overhaul.

Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin are out, and rookie draft picks Ja'Wuan James (first-round tackle) and Billy Turner (third-round tackle) are in. Not having the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Pro Bowler in the middle getting things organized could that group into disarray this summer. 

With Pouncey out, the Dolphins won't have a single returning starter on the line.

Moreno was given a one-year $3.275 million deal after racking up 1,586 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns in Denver's prolific offense last season. Reports out of minicamp stated that Moreno appeared to be out of shape and that he was being out-performed by fellow running back Lamar Miller. Turns out he was just banged up.

The timetable on Moreno's injury should make him ready for Miami's first preseason game against the Falcons on Aug. 8.