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Today's Top 5: 8.12.2017

Posted Aug 12, 2017

1. O-line coming together: Center Mike Pouncey took another big step in his recovery process Saturday at practice when he took snaps with the first-team offense in 11-on-11 drills. This was the first time he participated in a practice with contact since last November when he was sidelined when he re-injured a hip. Pouncey’s appearance was part of the plan the Dolphins have put together to get him ready for the start of the regular season. Head Coach Adam Gase said after practice he still hasn’t decided whether Pouncey would see any action in the preseason, adding that the joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 21-22 could become the determining factors. Along with Pouncey, left tackle Laremy Tunsil also was at his post for the 11-on-11 drills. Tunsil returned to practice after being away from the team for a week to witness the birth of his son, Laremy Jr.

2. Tannehill on IR: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s 2017 season officially ended Saturday morning when he was placed on injured reserve because of the knee injury he sustained during practice Aug. 3. Tannehill is expected to undergo surgery shortly. Gase said there is a plan in place for Tannehill’s recovery and the quarterback also will be spending a fair amount of time with the team during the regular season. Gase said he “absolutely” expects Tannehill to be ready for the start of the 2018 season.

3. Injury update: Cornerback Tony Lippett (foot), tackle Ja’Wuan James (shoulder), linebacker Neville Hewitt and safety Nate Allen (groin) all missed practice Saturday because of injuries. Rookie second-round pick Raekwon McMillan posted an Instagram message Friday confirming reports that he will be out for the season and thanking fans and friends for their support.

4. Mike in the middle: McMillan was listed first on the depth chart before he was sidelined by his knee injury, and third-year player Mike Hull now is next in line to start at middle linebacker when the Dolphins line up in their base defense. Gase said the Dolphins also could consider moving players around at linebacker. Hull has been a standout on special teams since joining the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

5. Pick parade: The Dolphins defense had the upper hand in team drills at practice Saturday, coming up with four interceptions. Cornerback Byron Maxwell and safety Reshad Jones each had a pick in the end zone. Recent acquisition Alterraun Verner and rookie safety Maurice Smith had the other interceptions. Wide receiver DeVante Parker had the biggest highlight on offense, as he made a nice adjustment to catch a touchdown pass from Jay Cutler.

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