MIAMI GARDENS - The Miami Dolphins will play its second game of the season without starting center Mike Pouncey, who missed all of this week's practices because of stomach related illness.
Pouncey, who was hospitalized twice last week because of what initially began as food poisoning, lost five pounds, and is working his way back onto the practice field. Until he's cleared to return Nate Garner will fill in as the team's starting center, and rookie Sam Brenner will remain the Dolphins starting left guard.
Garner, a five-year veteran, will start his 16th NFL game for the Dolphins, and third of the season. He initially replaced the suspended Richie Incognito as Miami's starting left guard, but has moved over to handle the snapping duties. Last week Garner only had one questionable snap.
Brenner is expected to start his second game today against the Carolina Panthers, which possess a physical defensive line that is holding opponents to 84.5 rushing yards per contest.
"Its a great opportunity to step up," Brenner said.
In last Sunday's 20-16 win over the Chargers the Dolphins rushed for 104 yards and one touchdown, and allowed four sacks with Brenner in the starting five. Brenner, an undrafted rookie from Utah who was called up from the practice squad last week, allowed one of the four sacks.
Garner has allowed one sack and six quarterback hurries in his 177 snaps this season. Brenner allowed one sack and one hurry in his 61 snaps last week.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun